A group that took credit for leaking NSA cyber spying tools - including ones used in the WannaCry global ransomware attack - has said it plans to sell code that can be used to hack into the world's most used computers, software and phones.
This data dump could include exploits and tools for browsers, handsets and routers; new exploits for Windows 10; "compromised network data from more Swift providers and central banks"; and network data stolen from Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean missile/nuclear programs.
"In June, TheShadowBrokers is announcing "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service", they wrote. It is believed that hacking tools that belong to the NSA were leaked online and were used to build into WannaCry ransomware, also known as WannaCrypt, which has ensnared up to 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries.
The post says they will launch a "new monthly subscription model", and compare it to "wine of month club". 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. Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month.
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 renewed debate over how and when intelligence agencies must disclose vulnerabilities used in cyber spying programs.
Starting in 2016, Shadow Brokers has been leaking hacking tools linked to the NSA online.
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.
Given the strong links between the Kremlin and the Shadow Brokers, the latter claim may simply be a hoax, created to keep observers guessing as to the group's origins. 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.
"Because simply by threatening another leak after leaking two sets of Microsoft exploits, Shadow Brokers will ratchet up the hostility between Microsoft and the government".
It also caused a public statement from Microsoft attacking the United States government for stockpiling software exploits, arguing: "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".