FRANKFURT May 16 A group that has taken credit
for leaking NSA cyber spying tools - including those used in the
recent WannaCrypt global ransomware attack - has threatened in a
blog it is believed to have authored to release more recent code
to enable hackers to break into the world's most widely used
computers, software and phones.
Using trademark garbled English, the apparent ShadowBrokers
communique promised that, starting next month, it will begin
releasing tools on a monthly basis to anyone willing to pay for
access to some of the tech world's biggest commercial secrets.
It also threatened to dump data from banks using the SWIFT
international money transfer network and from Russian, Chinese,
Iranian or North Korean nuclear and missile programmes, without
providing further details. "More details in June," it promised.
"ShadowBrokers are back" tweeted Matthieu Suiche, a French
hacker and security researcher who has tracked the group. Among
the notable claims, he said, was that it had newer exploits for
Microsoft's Window 10 operating system dating from after 2013.
(Reporting By Eric Auchard in Frankfurt, Dustin Volz in
Washington D.C. and Jim Finkle in Toronto; Editing by Hugh