Hackers behind ransomware attack threaten to release data on foreign nuclear programs

The Shadow Brokers said that unless a "responsible party" bought the entire cache, it would sell other tools and data stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) "like a wine of the month club", starting next month.

Members are being promised exploits for web browsers, routers, smartphones, operating systems (notably including Windows 10), compromised data from banks and Swift providers and, in a odd twist, stolen network information from Russian, Chinese, Iranian and North Korean nuclear missile programs.

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

The Shadow Brokers found few bidders for their stolen wares. Shadow Brokers assert that they have access to hacking tools which can break and gain access to the world's most used computers, mobile and browsers.

In the blog post, Shadow Brokers mention that they're taking a stern approach towards fighting the cybersecurity practices across the globe - and they think leaking sensitive data is the best option to do so.

The group initially released a set of hacking tools for routers and firewall products but claimed it had much more it was willing to sell for 10,000 bitcoins or more - around US$12 million.

Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The blog post is extremely crude and unclear.

The group also has intelligence gathered by the NSA on foreign banks and ballistic missile programs, it said.

The Shadow Brokers saga began in mid-August with a cryptic announcement on Pastebin.com of an online auction of hacking tools taken from the Equation Group, a tech industry name for the NSA's hacking division, officially called Tailored Access Operations. The group also says the EternalBlue exploit is not a "zero-day one' (this kind of bug or vulnerability is something which has never been discovered before), but rather says the security patch was available for 30 days, before they decide to dump the data to the public". Now the hacking group that released the NSA's hacking tool kit into the wild has announced plans to start an exploit subscription service in June. But now, the monthly subscription model might mean the bugs will find their way into the hands of more people, said Hall. However, given the group's track record of leaking legitimate information that many believe to be sourced from the NSA, it is likely that at some point, this data will become public, one way or another.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was preparing a response.

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