Buy the data we stole or else, warn hackers

May 20, 2017, 00:35
Buy the data we stole or else, warn hackers

It's been able to spread so quickly by sneaking through an infected computer's network, using a server messaging blocking exploit in outdated Windows computers.

A similar situation happened with Oracle, the group claims, but it didn't list the timeline of Oracle patching a "huge number of vulnerabilities" after purportedly being given a heads-up by the NSA about the Shadow Brokers-held exploits.

A month after Microsoft released the patch, the Shadow Brokers published the attack code, code-named EternalBlue, that exploited the critical Windows vulnerability.

In a post on their blog, the hackers announced that they would be launching a monthly data dump service, comparing it to a "wine of the month club" for hackers. It also claims to have exploits for web browsers, routers, smartphones, data from the worldwide money transfer network SWIFT and "compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs".

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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.

The good news is that the "WannaCry" ransomware isn't spreading as quickly as it was just a few days ago, in large part thanks to an enterprising security researcher who accidentally discovered a kill-switch for the malware.

The Shadow Brokers are threatening to make public more of the exploits and tools that they have access to, thanks to the NSA hack. It adds, "Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month".

Shadow Brokers were the first to reveal the vulnerabilities that led to the release of the WannaCry virus and it looks like they are back with a bang.

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Stolen network information from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean nuclear missile programs. As is to be expected, the group notes that what members do with the exploits is completely up to them. The group teased more details would come out next month. The NSA has not commented on Shadow Brokers since the group emerged previous year, or on the contents of past leaks or Friday's ransomware attack.

The shadowy hacking group claimed that Microsoft released its vulnerability patch in March while also alleging that the Equation Group was paying United States tech companies not to patch vulnerabilities.

The group claims that a screenshot it posted in January alerted the Equation Group that it had access to the EternalBlue exploit, and that this was responsible for Microsoft missing a security update in February.

RiskSense has been tracking the Shadow Brokers since last August, when it released a zero-day exploit "Extra Bacon" for Cisco ASA firewalls that potentially allowed attackers to access internal networks.

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