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Group linked to NSA spy leaks threatens sale of new tech secrets

21 May 2017

"Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month".

A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was preparing a response.

"This one, we knew it could be a problem", the official told Reuters."NSA should be embarrassed - they've had a lot of damaging leaks", said James Lewis, a former USA official who is now a cyber expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

These were then used by as-yet unidentified attackers to help spread "WannaCry" ransomware that hijacked computers around the world on Friday, causing chaos in hospitals and telecoms firms. The information is supposed to include data stolen from SWIFT providers and central banks and data from "Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs".

"TheShadowBrokers is not being interested in bug bounties, selling to cyber thugs, or giving to greedy corporate empires", the statement continued.

The Shadow Brokers eventually called it quits in January and disabled its online accounts, only to return in April in a surprise move that involved publishing the password for an encrypted archive containing many Linux and Windows exploits, as well as malware implants supposedly used by the Equation.

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"TheShadowBrokers is taking pride in picking adversary equal to or better than selves, a worthy opponent".

Shadow Brokers, the group that previously leaked the tools responsible for the global ransomware attack that followed, has threatened that it would soon release more Windows related exploits and the associated malware.

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

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.

Starting in 2016, Shadow Brokers has been leaking hacking tools linked to the NSA online. 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.

It is unknown whether the Shadow Brokers genuinely have further tools stolen from the NSA or whether the group will make good on its threats. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen."Some major technology companies, including Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O), declined comment on the Microsoft statement". However, as researcher Marcy Wheeler points out, simply threatening these leaks can strain relationships between Microsoft and the United States government, which may be the real aim.