Shadow Brokers says "would release new exploit for Windows 10"

The group claims it will release new exploits through this new monthly membership program. What members doing with data after is up to members. 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to spread so quickly by sneaking through an infected computer's network, using a server messaging blocking exploit in outdated Windows computers.

"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. Windows 10, web browser and router exploits along with "compromised network data from more SWIFT providers and Central banks" are among the items that might be offered through the "dump of the month" service.

"On Tuesday, following the WannaCry attacks, the Shadow Brokers posted a new message online in which they claim to have many more Equation exploits that haven't been leaked yet, the report notes".

"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.

The WannaCry ransomware attack is said to be the biggest cyber attack of its kind in history.

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That attempt was also doomed, and after failing to secure buyers for the remainder of the tools they teased, the group dumped online the August 2016 password-protected archive last month in April. On January 7, the Shadow Brokers announced the auction of dozens of NSA tools, including one called DoublePulsar, a backdoor that is installed by EternalBlue.

When the Shadow Brokers first put the leaked tools up for sale, they demanded 1 million bitcoins, which then translated to $580 million. Windows 10 users and the users which were running latest updates on their software remained unaffected by the recent ransomware wave.

In her analysis of the Shadow Brokers' threat, independent security researcher Marcy Wheeler wrote that "simply by threatening another leak after leaking two sets of Microsoft exploits, Shadow Brokers will ratchet up the hostility between Microsoft and the government".

Shadow Brokers claims to have about 75 per cent of the USA cyber-arsenal, says Sean Dillon, senior security analyst at RiskSense. The blog post criticizes the global technology giants and their relation with the U.S government.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage." - said Microsoft's Brad Smith - "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

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