Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Shadow Brokers boasts of more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

Shadow Brokers boasts of more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

Shadow Brokers group will begin releasing access to some of the tech world's biggest commercial secrets.

The bad news is that the hacking collecting responsible for releasing the exploit upon which the WannaCry ransomware is based on is planning to release more Windows exploits and hacking tools to anyone willing to pay. It also expressed plans to sell access to previously undisclosed vulnerabilities that could be utilised to attack the Windows 10, Microsoft Corp's latest software system.

They claim to own exploits for Windows 10, web browsers, network routers and also phones and even the SWIFT worldwide money transfer system.

The group has published a statement, albeit in broken English, saying that it has promised to release additional zero-day bugs and exploits for a multitude of desktop and mobile operating systems starting from June 2017.

ShadowBrokers first surfaced a year ago offering for sale a suite of hacking tools stolen from the US National Security Agency, leaking bits to demonstrate what they had in their possession.

Although experts say the Shadow Brokers do not appear to have been directly involved in the WannaCry crisis, leaking the exploit in the first place was a major step toward facilitating the attack.

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Pyongyang's Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Wednesday the WannaCry virus is "raising serious concerns in the global community", but did not issue a response regarding allegations of North Korea involvement. The hackers say that anyone who is willing to pay a subscription fee would have access to the sensitive information.

Hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA that were leaked online last month were built into WannaCry ransomware - also known as WannaCrypt - that swept the globe on Friday.

"If one of our targets discovered we were using this particular exploit and turned it against the United States, the entire Department of Defense would be vulnerable", The Washington Post cited an unnamed former NSA agent as having said.

Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was preparing a response.

Marcy Wheeler, a longtime independent researcher, said in a blog post of her own Tuesday that the Shadow Brokers' post "brings the hammer" down both on Microsoft, whose products could be affected by any further leaks, and the National Security Agency, whose information the Shadow Brokers leaked in April.

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