Fearing Shadow Brokers leak, NSA reported critical flaw to Microsoft

Marcus Hutchins

The group goes on to claim that it has spies inside Microsoft among other U.S. technology companies and says it plans to sell off new exploits every month from June onwards.

In their message, the group also wanted to take credit for Microsoft patching the zero-days the group disclosed.

Another national security expert and former top Pentagon official, Michael Sulmeyer, echoed Hayden's fears about the Shadow Brokers "disaster".

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.

In the blog post, the group said it was setting up a "monthly data dump" and that it could offer tools to break into web browsers, network routers, phone handsets, plus newer exploits for Windows 10 and data stolen from central banks. At the end of the letter, the hacker group hinted the NSA could make all these problems go away if the agency paid up for the tools.

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

In April these leaks included a software exploit named EternalBlue which was then used by the WannaCry ransomware to infect NHS computers running Windows, and which had been patched a month prior.

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Exploits for operating systems, including Windows 10.

Any U.S. government organizations are unlikely to negotiate with the hackers, Dillon says.

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. The hackers say that anyone who is willing to pay a subscription fee would have access to the sensitive information.

Extract from the Shadow Brokers' Tuesday post.

Now, the same group is threatening to release even more hacking tools on the internet, which are part of a larger collection of exploits that they claim they stole a year ago from another hacker group that is believed to have been affiliated with the NSA. It also suggests North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware outbreak. "Is always being about theshadowbrokers vs theequationgroup", it added.

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".

The group goes on to skewer Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, who on Sunday issued pointed criticism of the US spy agencies for stockpiling vulnerabilities. But that argument is hard to follow due to the Shadow Brokers' poor English, which some observers believe may be intentional.

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