Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

More bugs may be released: Hacking group

No one appears to have paid the Shadow Brokers for access to the Equation arsenal in the past, at least as far as it's publicly known.

Hacking group the Shadow Brokers was the key link in last week's WannaCrypt chaos, having released the NSA's hacking tools which allowed the malware to be weaponized so well.

While the hackers behind the actual WannaCry attacks have not been identified, we do know that the malware itself was obtained from the Shadow Brokers, who stole it from the NSA.

In a blog post, the Shadow Brokers blamed the United States government and technology companies for the global ransomware attack on Friday, saying that...

The group's monthly data dump could also include hacking exploits for web browsers, routers, and operating systems including Windows 10.

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.

Shadow Brokers finished its post saying if a responsible party were to buy "all lost data before it is being sold to the peoples" then the group would have no more financial incentives and would "go dark permanently".

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Careful analysis of the Shadow Brokers' previous data dumps has left little doubt that the group somehow gained access to troves of sensitive US government information.

From the letter, it looks like group tried auctioning these hacking tools, but they didn't really find buyers for the same.

"TheShadowBrokers is not being interested in stealing grandmothers' retirement money", the group said, adding that the theft has "always" been about the Shadow Brokers versus the Equation Group, a hacking group linked to the NSA. The group, which previously released legitimate information, branded the move a "data dump of the month" service. It also hinted that the blame for the WannaCry outbreak should go to Microsoft and the USA government.

Another national security expert and former top Pentagon official, Michael Sulmeyer, echoed Hayden's fears about the Shadow Brokers "disaster". The group also says the EternalBlue exploit is not a "zero-day one' (this kind of bug or vulnerability is something which has never been discovered before), but rather says the security patch was available for 30 days, before they decide to dump the data to the public".

In the same jibberish rant, it has also been mentioned that the hacker group is now planning to follow a monthly data dump cycle. Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said earlier this week the WannaCry attack used elements stolen from NSA cyber warfare operations.

According to the Shadow Brokers, Microsoft proceeded to cancel February's Patch Tuesday so they could work on the patches the company delivered in March.

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