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The NSA told Microsoft about EternalBlue hack used in WannaCry

The NSA told Microsoft about EternalBlue hack used in WannaCryā€¯

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 latest Shadow Brokers' post criticizes global tech corporations as well as governments for not buying exploits in the past and thereby saving the public from an attack such as WannaCry. "Each month peoples [sic] can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month".

The Shadow Brokers mentioned that the leaked data could contain web browser, router, handset exploits and tools, newer Ops Disks and exploits for Windows 10, compromised network data from Central banks and compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nuclear and missile programs.

According to a statement posted on Steemit, the Shadow Brokers are putting together a service it likens to a wine of the month club, wherein every month members will receive a new batch of exploits.

What is "WannaCry" and how does the ransomware work?

Once somebody gets the data dump from the Shadow Brokers, Dillon said, the exploits would most likely become public.

Shadow Brokers first emerged last August, offering to auction hacking exploits it said were used by the NSA's elite hacking team known as Equation Group (officially named Tailored Access Operations). " Worryingly it also includes nuclear, missile program data from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea".

The announcement comes on the heels of a very virulent ransomware outbreak that has used one of the exploits previously leaked by the group.

When the Shadow Brokers first put the leaked tools up for sale, they demanded 1 million bitcoins, which then translated to $580 million.

NSA officials defended how they handed the EternalBlue matter, arguing that the NSA must use such tools to gather foreign intelligence. On Monday night, the group-which so far has made good on most of the threats it has foreshadowed-published a new dispatch that claimed to possess 75 percent of the NSA arsenal. The NSA has not commented on Shadow Brokers since the group emerged a year ago, or on the contents of past leaks or Friday's ransomware attack.

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".

The shadowy hacking group claimed that Microsoft released its vulnerability patch in March while also alleging that the Equation Group was paying USA tech companies not to patch vulnerabilities.



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