20 May, 2017
Shadow Brokers, the group that leaked parts of USA national security agency's (NSA) cyber weapons stockpile which formed the basis of the recent WannaCry ransomware, said it would release hacking tools every month to those willing to pay for it.
In June, TheShadowBrokers is announcing "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service.
The Shadow Brokers released a cache of tools, including EternalBlue, which was then used in the WannaCry ransomware.
While the EternalBlue exploit did not affect Windows 10, the group said "newer exploits for Windows 10" could be provided, as well as "compromised network data" from global financial systems and foreign nuclear and missile programmes.
Stolen network information from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean nuclear missile programs.
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.
"Financial spying by the NSA is probably the most important and least liberty-infringing bulk-style program possible - and I doubt anyone outside the targeted countries would have a problem with the NSA spying on foreign WMD and missile programs", Weaver wrote. The group said that the data would be locked behind a subscription fee, but, beyond that, they do not care who buys the data or for what objective it is used.
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However, commentators state that the NSA "got lucky", as The Shadow Brokers appeared to have the exploit months before Microsoft was able to patch it.
In April, the hacker collective known as the Shadow Brokers, released a trove of Windows exploits and hacking tools which they claimed to have stolen from the NSA's cyber stockpile.
The group had also previously put exploits up for sale on ZeroNet for up to 250 bitcoins a piece ($454,815 today) in January, Motherboard reported.
The post says they will launch a "new monthly subscription model", and compare it to "wine of month club". 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.
The rogue hackers have promised more details on their content-monetization strategy in June. The US government has not commented directly on the matter.
Calling themselves the Shadow Brokers, the group first appeared in 2016 claiming that they had access to 75% of the U.S. cyber arsenal, which they offered to auction to the highest bidder.
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.