Home » Tech

"ShadowBrokers" threatens to release more cyber attack tools

18 May, 2017, 20:36 | Author: Nadine Todd

It also threatened to dump data from banks using the SWIFT worldwide money transfer network and from Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean nuclear and missile programmes, without providing further details.

Security experts have been analyzing the blog post for clues about the Shadow Brokers' intentions and capabilities. "Comey Wanna Cry Edition" the group accused the NSA of paying Microsoft to keep vulnerabilities in its software. However, given the group's track record of leaking legitimate information that many believe to be sourced from the NSA, it is likely that at some point, this data will become public, one way or another.

Things might take a turn for the worst because the collective hacking group known as The Shadow Brokers has revealed that they will be releasing more zero-day bugs and exploits. He says cyber security leaders should pay attention to what Shadow Brokers does next. It also alleges that Microsoft Corp.is colluding with The Equation Group - "the Microsoft is being BFF with the equation group" - the NSA's hacking group, and that the NSA has spies inside of Microsoft and other top US technology companies. Another NSA employee was also arrested in 2015, but no information has been released about the individual.

The Shadow Brokers are threatening to make public more of the exploits and tools that they have access to, thanks to the NSA hack. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and others confirmed the leak was authentic.

The ransomware Attack was because of the existing Windows XP systems throughout the world which had been announced unsupported by Microsoft after 2014.

The Shadow Brokers originally tried selling off the stolen tools in an auction, but backed down after receiving no bidders. But the retirement was short-lived as the group returned in April, ostensibly because of the Trump Administration's decision to bomb Syria.

In a convoluted post on Steemit.com and shared on the mysterious group's Twitter account, Shadow Brokers says it has more exploits and attack tools in its possession.

On the other hand, instead of telling them to Microsoft to patch up those vulnerabilities, it could bring forth a tumultuous situation as far as online security is concerned. A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was now once again preparing a response.

"TheEquationGroup is having spies inside Microsoft and other USA technology companies. Witting HUMINT. Russian, China, Iran, Israel intelligence all doing same at global tech companies".

It added that "if a responsible party buys all lost data before it is sold, then Shadow Brokers will have no more financial incentives to be taking continued risks of operation and will go dark permanently".


  • Romero stars for Man United in 0-0 draw at Southampton

    Reports in Spain have suggested Madrid will once again attempt to sign De Gea this summer, although his wages could prove a stumbling block to any deal.
    Massive Ransomware Attack Affects Organizations Worldwide

    Massive Ransomware Attack Affects Organizations Worldwide

    The initial demand was for $300 in bitcoins, but it now has gone up to $600 worth of the currency, Gazeley said. The study also found that 70 per cent of businesses infected with ransomware would pay the ransom.
    Older Doctors Leaked to Higher Death Rates, Study Finds

    Older Doctors Leaked to Higher Death Rates, Study Finds

    The findings might not carry over to non-Medicare patients, or patients cared for by surgeons and by other specialists. The study only focused on hospitalists, with the findings possibly not translating to doctors in speciality fields.
  • Ford to cut 1400 jobs in North America, Asia

    The automaker said on April 27 when it posted earnings for the first quarter than it was planning to cuts costs by $3 billion. Ford also isn't likely to cut jobs in its emerging businesses, like its research center in Palo Alto, California.
    Breakthrough: 3-D Printed Ovaries Could be the Key to Restoring Fertility

    Breakthrough: 3-D Printed Ovaries Could be the Key to Restoring Fertility

    This research is distinct from that conducted by other labs as the design of the scaffold and material (ink) is highly nuanced. Researchers are hoping for a full functional ovary replacement within five years, but at this point, it may be unlikely.
    Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton, AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal

    Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton, AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal

    After losing to Orton in Tuesday's main event , Corbin should bounce back with a victory at Backlash . -Tye Dillinger vs. The referee then ejects Tamina and Natalya from ringside, but instead, they decide to attack Charlotte and Becky Lynch.
  • Iran imposes sanctions on nine USA firms, individuals

    He said the U.S. will never allow the regime in Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif calls US sanctions bluff.
    McDonald's McDelivery Is Officially Here

    McDonald's McDelivery Is Officially Here

    And, Panera Bread is rolling out delivery at 35 to 40% of its locations this year, the company announced in January. Perhaps, with McDelivery , McDonald's can win back the customers who are too lazy to actually visit the chain.
    Asia drops as White House turmoil hits risk sentiment, dollar bruised

    Asia drops as White House turmoil hits risk sentiment, dollar bruised

    Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index lost 1.2 per cent and South Korea's Kospi Index dropped 0.4 per cent. The VIX last week closed at 9.77, its lowest close since December 1993.
  • Bobby Moynihan leaving 'Saturday Night Live' for CBS sitcom

    Bobby Moynihan leaving 'Saturday Night Live' for CBS sitcom

    Official confirmation came on Wednesday evening that Saturday Night Live's finale would be Bobby Moynihan's last. Moynihan is the second-longest tenured member of the "SNL" cast behind Keenan Thompson.

    Top Trump aide won't say if Western Wall is part of Israel

    The new USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, visited the Western Wall on Monday, in a departure from diplomatic protocol. The report said the Americans rebuffed the request, with one official telling the Israelis the site is "not your territory".
    Fed Keeps Rates on Hold as Slowdown in Growth Deemed Temporary

    Fed Keeps Rates on Hold as Slowdown in Growth Deemed Temporary

    What's worse is that excluding food and energy prices, core inflation (PCI) has dropped to 1,6%, that is its lowest level since 2001.


Air Canada plane diverted after passenger tries to open door
She heard him yell at passengers for looking at him and then she saw him throw some paper at a woman sitting near him. Air Canada Rouge 1805 served as the link between the city of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Toronto.

Airport chaos, flights canceled: Spirit Airlines apologizes
At least three people were arrested as a result of the incident, CNN is reporting , with as many as 500 involved in the melee. Now viral: Fights erupt at #FortLauderdaleAirport late last night after #SpiritAirlines cancelled a slew of flights.

Koeman expects more - Mirallas
Kevin Mirallas has revealed Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants "more assists, more goals and more consistency" from the winger next season.

Murray Pam's playoff wrap-up: Senators-Rangers, Game 5
That's why Tanner Glass drew into the lineup for Game 4, and that's why Glass started on a line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash . Vesey pulled the Rangers in front 4-3 with his first career playoff goal when he pounced on a rebound of Brady Skjei's shot.

Easy fix to protect your PC against the spreading global cyber attack
The server operates as a "sinkhole" to collect information about malware - and in Friday's case kept the malware from escaping. It said less than 1 percent of computers were affected, and that the virus was now "localized" and being destroyed.