'ShadowBrokers' threatens to release more cyber attack tools

Fernando Stephens
May 18, 2017

This EternalBlue vulnerability was actually first discovered by the United States security agency NSA, but the agency's hacking arsenal was stolen by the Shadow Brokers, and now the hacker group responsible for this theft has written a blogpost.

To bring you up to speed, this hacking group was the first to publicly reveal information of the WannaCry ransomware malware, but it looks like they have another agenda in mind as far as releasing 0-day bugs and exploits go. This data dump is also said to carrying information on banks using the SWIFT global money transfer network. Yet, we could not and should not believe anything the group says only because they posted it on a blog.

The WannaCry ransomware attack is said to be the biggest cyber attack of its kind in history. According to them, the list includes "web browser, router, handset exploits and tools, exploits for Windows 10, compromised network data from more SWIFT providers and Central banks".

The US government said it seized 50 terabytes of confidential data from Martin's home which was stolen from the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

British media outlets said a group of hackers who claim to have carried out the cyberattacks say they have information regarding North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. The group is also promising that June will be the data dump month.

The group also promised to include compromised financial data from the SWIFT global payment order system, used by banks to transfer trillions of dollars each day, as well as confidential data from several central banks.

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The spy agency reportedly knew about the theft of its cyberweapons arsenal, which was later allegedly leaked by the Shadow Brokers hacker group.

In a blog post, the group said that the data would be available to anyone willing to pay a subscription fee.

They were easy to be exploited because they were not getting regular security patches from Microsoft automatically.

The leaked WannaCry software has also caused a rift between Microsoft and the USA government, with the Redmond-based company criticizing the NSA for holding on to exploits.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage." - said Microsoft's Brad Smith - "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

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