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After WannaCry, the Shadow Brokers promise to unleash more NSA exploits soon

After WannaCry, the Shadow Brokers promise to unleash more NSA exploits soon

What is "WannaCry" and how does the ransomware work?

The hacking group that helped enable last week's global ransomware attack is threatening to make public even more computer vulnerabilities in the coming weeks - including "compromised network data" pertaining to the nuclear missile programmes of China, Iran, Russia and North Korea, as well as secret exploits affecting Windows 10, which is run by millions of computers around the world.

Former NSA officials have claimed the Shadow Brokers' tools are "identical" to those taken by Martin, reports The Washington Post.

Despite the availability of fixes, the exploits that the Shadow Brokers still have could lead to even more damage on a global scale.

The group claims that they have been able to collect "compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs", banking information and Windows 10 exploits.

Given that the Wannacry attack has already proven the potency of the materials in their possession, it is rather alarming to consider what could be contained in their next set of leaks, especially if they actually have information regarding the nuclear programs of countries.

Calling themselves the Shadow Brokers, the group first appeared in 2016 claiming that they had access to 75% of the USA cyber arsenal, which they offered to auction to the highest bidder. TheShadowBrokers is launching new monthly subscription model.

From the letter, it looks like group tried auctioning these hacking tools, but they didn't really find buyers for the same. However, given the group's track record of leaking legitimate information that many believe to be sourced from the NSA, it is likely that at some point, this data will become public, one way or another.

He says cyber security leaders should pay attention to what Shadow Brokers does next.

This isn't the first time the group has attempted to sell its exploits and cyber-weaponry. Whoever developed WannaCry then used the exploit to distribute its ransomware, while also adding a self-replicating capability that had a devastating impact.

The group said that it would be launching a serial data dump of hacking tools that supposedly are developed by the USA spy company, National Security Agency (NSA). Having failed to get anyone interested in an auction however, the group is starting up what they call something like the "wine of month club": A subscription service where you get new exploits every month. They're planning to release more NSA hacking tools in June, offering access to them to anyone willing to pay.

"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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