Buy the data we stole or else, warn hackers

More than 300,000 computers were infected by the WannaCry malware since Friday, locking down computers and robbing businesses and individuals of potentially important files. The group also mentions "The Equation Group", which is supposed to be a hacking group linked to the NSA.

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 worldwide financial systems and foreign nuclear and missile programmes. "The group wants to make them available as part of a new subscription-based service that it plans to launch in June". Is being like wine of month club. "Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month". "What members doing with data after is up to members".

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".

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. It said it was "taking pride in picking adversary equal to or better than selves, a worthy opponent" and that it was "always being about theshadowbrokers vs theequationgroup [a sophisticated hacking team believed to be operated by the NSA ]".

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The cyber security community has been combing through the blog post and other indicators for the Shadow Broker's intentions.

Shadow Brokers group will begin releasing access to some of the tech world's biggest commercial secrets. Microsoft has connected previous exploits of its products released by the mysterious Shadow Brokers group to tools which were stolen from NSA cyber warfare operations. It has not responded to repeated requests for comment about the ransomware attack.

The attack stoked fears that the spy agency's powerful cyber weapons could now be turned to criminal use, ratcheting up cyber security threats to a whole new level. While later reports have questioned how much of a role the Shadow Brokers actually had in the leak of the exploits, what is known without a doubt is that the exploits in their possession did indeed originate from the NSA, as confirmed by the Snowden documents. But the naming of Windows 10 specifically will undoubtedly set Microsoft, its partners and corporations using the latest version of Windows, which until now has been unaffected by WannaCry, on edge. "Microsoft has been critical of the USA government over this stockpiling of vulnerability code, and said this was equivalent to the government losing it stock of 'Tomahawk missiles".

Shadow Brokers directly attacks Microsoft exec Brad Smith, whose name was on the company's statement, calling him a "scumbag" and questioning his company's links to the NSA.

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