Shadow Brokers announce monthly data dump service

Marcus Hutchins

"Each month peoples [sic] can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month". According to reports, the fear is that the next such attack might not have a kill switch.

In a long post, the Shadow Brokers criticise government and IT industry firms for not snapping up the exploits when it had the chance, months before their release.

In a convoluted post on Steemit.com and shared on the mysterious group's Twitter account, Shadow Brokers says it has more exploits and attack tools in its possession.

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

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".

"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".

Conspiracy plays a central theme in the post as the Shadow Brokers claim the NSA is paying USA tech companies not to patch.


Microsoft did provide a patch for the vulnerability but a lot of machines were still exposed as they had not installed the updates. The NSA supposedly realized what the Shadow Brokers had and told Microsoft. The WannaCry ransomware attack had exploited a vulnerability in Windows OS called EternalBlue, for which Microsoft had sent a patch in March.

The hacker group started off by mocking the security practices of TheEquationGroup (read as NSA). The group said that the data would be locked behind a subscription fee, but, beyond that, they do not care who buys the data or for what goal it is used.

RiskSense has been tracking the Shadow Brokers since last August, when it released a zero-day exploit "Extra Bacon" for Cisco ASA firewalls that potentially allowed attackers to access internal networks.

The Shadow Brokers made the screenshots available in January.

Given that the group has come good on most of its threats previously, this latest warning is likely to cause more than a little concern at NSA HQ. Is being like wine of month club. Now the group has said that if they found anyone who would is ready to buy they would also exploit the new browsers, Windows 10 OS or any other money transfer system. What members doing with data after is up to members.

Using trademark garbled English, the Shadow Brokers group said in an online statement that, from June, it will begin releasing software to anyone willing to pay for access to some of the tech world's biggest commercial secrets.

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