The Shadow Brokers Threaten To Release More Exploits In The Wake Of Massive Cyberattack

The group who acquired the exploit used in last week’s massive cyberattack is back. The hacker group known as The Shadow Brokers have published a statement that is promising to release exploits for various desktop and mobile platforms starting in June. The key thing here is that these exploits have no fixes available which makes them extremely dangerous. On top of that, there’s this:

TheShadowBrokers is launching new monthly subscription model. Is being like [the] wine of month club. Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month.

Lovely. Here’s what any cybercriminal and/or hacker would get if they sign up:

  • Exploits for web browsers, routers, and smartphones.
  • Exploits for operating systems including Windows 10.
  • Compromised data from banks and Swift providers.
  • Stolen network information from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean nuclear missile programs.

Now, it’s an open question as to if the Shadow Brokers actually have any of this. But given the fact that they got their hands on an NSA exploit that was used to power the biggest cyberattack the planet has ever seen, I would not discount anything they say at this point.

One other point. The Shadow Brokers claiming in this post that the US Government is paying tech companies not to patch exploits so that they can use them in their intelligence gathering activities. That’s a pretty strong accusation. Given the attention that is now focused on this cyberattack and the fact that it partially came from the NSA, I suspect that we may get some sort of clarity on that eventually as there’s a significant light being put on that right now.

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