Hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA that were leaked online last month were built into WannaCry ransomware - also known as WannaCrypt - that swept the globe on Friday. Though the Shadow Brokers' online statement did not mention any other tech industry product by name, there was mention of threats to dump data from banks using the SWIFT global money transfer network and to dump data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean nuclear and missile programs.
The ransomware Attack was because of the existing Windows XP systems throughout the world which had been announced unsupported by Microsoft after 2014. TheShadowBrokers is launching new monthly subscription model. The post indicated those who are willing can pay a monthly membership fee and how members will use the data they purchase would be up to them. "What members doing with data after is up to members", the group wrote on the Steemit social blogging platform.
A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was preparing a response.
While the motives of the Shadow Brokers remains unknown, it claimed that it wasn't interested in the bug bounties paid by software firms for vulnerabilities found in their code or selling to "cyber thugs".
What subscribers will do with these exploits and data will be up to them, the group said. The post did not identify other products by name.
"ShadowBrokers are back" tweeted Matthieu Suiche, a French hacker and security researcher who has tracked the group.
Shadow Brokers came to public attention last August when it mounted an unsuccessful attempt to auction off a set of older cyber-spying tools it said were stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency. In this message, an individual claims to be a member of the said hacker group and has taken credit for the havoc reeked by the WannaCry (pt) ransomware attack that was part of the previous data dump leaked by them.
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.
On Tuesday, following the WannaCry attacks, the Shadow Brokers posted a new message online in which they claim to have many more Equation exploits that haven't been leaked yet.
They were easy to be exploited because they were not getting regular security patches from Microsoft automatically. "One can not make out the true meaning behind Shadow Brokers" actions. Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said earlier this week the WannaCry attack used elements stolen from NSA cyber warfare operations. "Microsoft has been critical of the United States government over this stockpiling of vulnerability code, and said this was equivalent to the government losing it stock of 'Tomahawk missiles".