The NSA told Microsoft about EternalBlue hack used in WannaCry

20 May, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis

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.

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

The data dumps will include exploits for web browsers, routers, compromised network data from SWIFT providers and central banks, and compromised network data from Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean nukes and missile programs.

In the post, which will worry security agencies and companies around the world, the Shadow Brokers said: "In June, TheShadowBrokers is announcing "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service". Now, it's considering a new subscription model in which it releases new hacking tools to subscribers every month. The threat to release monthly data dumps, like a wine of the month club, starts in June.

Once somebody gets the data dump from the Shadow Brokers, Dillon said, the exploits would most likely become public. What members doing with data after is up to members.

Shadow Brokers finished its post saying if a responsible party were to buy "all lost data before it is being sold to the peoples" then the group would have no more financial incentives and would "go dark permanently".

The post explains Shadow Brokers main motivation in its activities as a competition of sorts, pitting itself against the NSA. Yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt, former NSA head General Keith Alexander defended the hoarding practice in the name of public safety, using wishy-washy logic.

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In their post, the Shadow Brokers have come out to warn the NSA and said they have access to "75 per cent of United States cyber arsenal".

The leaks, and the global WannaCry virus attack, have renewed debate over how and when intelligence agencies should disclose vulnerabilities used in cyber spying programs to so that businesses and consumers can better defend themselves against attacks.

Calling themselves the Shadow Brokers, the group first appeared in 2016 claiming that they had access to 75% of the USA cyber arsenal, which they offered to auction to the highest bidder.

"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".

Shadow Brokers claims to have about 75 per cent of the USA cyber-arsenal, says Sean Dillon, senior security analyst at RiskSense.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage." - said Microsoft's Brad Smith - "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". The US government has not commented directly on the matter.


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