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Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core - NYTimes.com
NSA is bleeding talent as they turn on their own people trying to find the Shadow Brokers leaker
NSA  Shadow_Brokers  intelligence  malware  exploits 
25 days ago by jcretan
Security Researchers Are Gathering Funds to Buy Future Shadow Brokers Exploits
UPDATE [June 1, 05:00 AM ET]: Due to legal concerns, the team behind this campaign has pulled out and shut down the project. Statements here and here. The original article is below.
A group of security researchers have set up a Patreon page to raise funds necessary to buy their way into the first batch of monthly exploit the Shadow Brokers promised on Tuesday.
The four researchers are Matthew Hickey (@HackerFantastic), @X0rz, Nicholas Weaver (@ncweaver), and Tim Strazzere (@timstrazz).
security  privacy  hack  shadow_brokers  subscription  malware  ransomware  0day  gov2.0 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Who Are the Shadow Brokers? - Schneier on Security
In 2013, a mysterious group of hackers that calls itself the Shadow Brokers stole a few disks full of NSA secrets. Since last summer, they've been dumping these secrets on the Internet. They have publicly embarrassed the NSA and damaged its intelligence-gathering capabilities, while at the same time have put sophisticated cyberweapons in the hands of anyone who wants them. They have exposed major vulnerabilities in Cisco routers, Microsoft Windows, and Linux mail servers, forcing those companies and their customers to scramble. And they gave the authors of the WannaCry ransomware the exploit they needed to infect hundreds of thousands of computer worldwide this month.
After the WannaCry outbreak, the Shadow Brokers threatened to release more NSA secrets every month, giving cybercriminals and other governments worldwide even more exploits and hacking tools.
Who are these guys? And how did they steal this information? The short answer is: we don't know. But we can make some educated guesses based on the material they've published.
security  privacy  hack  shadow_brokers  subscription  malware  ransomware  0day  gov2.0 
june 2017 by rgl7194
The Shadow Brokers Announce Details About Upcoming Monthly Dump Service
In a message posted online early this morning, the Shadow Brokers — the cyber-espionage group believed to have stolen hacking tools from the NSA — announced new details about their upcoming "monthly dump service."
The group previously teased the new monthly dump service in mid-May, four days after the WannaCry ransomware wreaked havoc across the world using two hacking tools the Shadow Brokers leaked online in mid-April.
Trying to capitalize on the hype around NSA hacking tools created by the WannaCry outbreak, this new monthly dump service is yet another attempt from the Shadow Brokers to commercialize and sell their exploits. Previously, the group held a public auction, a crowdfunding campaign, and tried to sell individual exploits, all of which have failed to attract the customers they hoped.
security  privacy  hack  shadow_brokers  subscription  malware  ransomware  0day  gov2.0 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Shadow Brokers Launches 0-Day Exploit Subscriptions for $21,000 Per Month
As promised to release more zero-days exploits and hacking tools for various platforms starting from June 2017, the infamous hacking group Shadow Brokers is back with more information on how to subscribe and become a private member for receiving exclusive access to the future leaks.
The Shadow Brokers is the same hacking group who leaked NSA's built Windows hacking tools and zero-day exploits in public that led to the WannaCry menace.
When the Shadow Brokers promised its June 2017 release two weeks ago, the group announced that it would sell new zero-day exploits and hacking tools only to the private members with paid monthly subscription, instead of making them public for everyone.
security  privacy  hack  shadow_brokers  subscription  malware  ransomware  0day  gov2.0 
june 2017 by rgl7194
New Shadow Brokers 0-day subscription forces high-risk gamble on whitehats | Ars Technica
Mysterious group with cache of NSA exploits promises new release to those who pay.
The mysterious group that over the past nine months has leaked millions of dollars' worth of advanced hacking tools developed by the National Security Agency said Tuesday it will release a new batch of tools to individuals who pay a $21,000 subscription fee. The plans, announced in a cryptographically signed post published Tuesday morning, are generating an intense moral dilemma for security professionals around the world.
On the one hand, the Shadow Brokers, as the person or group calls itself, has in the past released potent hacking tools into the wild, including two that were used to deliver the WCry ransomware worm that infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries. If the group releases similarly catastrophic exploits for Windows 10 or mainstream browsers, security professionals are arguably obligated to have access to them as soon as possible to ensure patches and exploit signatures are in place to prevent similar outbreaks. On the other hand, there's something highly unsavory and arguably unethical about whitehats paying blackhats with a track record as dark as that of the Shadow Brokers.
security  privacy  hack  shadow_brokers  subscription  malware  ransomware  0day  gov2.0 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Fearing Shadow Brokers leak, NSA reported critical flaw to Microsoft | Ars Technica
WaPo confirms long-held suspicions as NSA cyberweapons crisis threatens to grow worse.
After learning that one of its most prized hacking tools was stolen by a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, National Security Agency officials warned Microsoft of the critical Windows vulnerability the tool exploited, according to a report published Tuesday by The Washington Post. The private disclosure led to a patch that was issued in March.
security  privacy  hack  shadow_brokers  0day  gov2.0  politics  microsoft 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Malware, Described in Leaked NSA Documents, Cripples Computers Worldwide
The Washington Post:
Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software works by exploiting a flaw in Microsoft software that was described in NSA documents stolen from the agency and leaked publicly in April by a criminal group called Shadow Brokers.
Microsoft released a “critical” patch fixing the flaw in March, before the NSA documents were publicly released, but the patch was apparently applied inconsistently, with many computers continuing to be unprotected. The malicious software — called “ransomware” because it encrypts systems and threatens to destroy data if a ransom is not paid — is spreading among computers that have not been patched, experts said.
The NSA did not respond to requests for comment.
Remember last year when a whole bunch of people wanted Apple to create a special version of iOS for the U.S. government, under the promise that it would never escape their safe hands and get into the wild? Like this ignoramus, who was then campaigning for president.
security  privacy  encryption  malware  wikileaks  gov2.0  daring_fireball  hack  shadow_brokers 
may 2017 by rgl7194
More on the CIA Document Leak - Schneier on Security
If I had to guess right now, I'd say the documents came from an outsider and not an insider. My reasoning: One, there is absolutely nothing illegal in the contents of any of this stuff. It's exactly what you'd expect the CIA to be doing in cyberspace. That makes the whistleblower motive less likely. And two, the documents are a few years old, making this more like the Shadow Brokers than Edward Snowden. An internal leaker would leak quickly. A foreign intelligence agency -- like the Russians -- would use the documents while they were fresh and valuable, and only expose them when the embarrassment value was greater.
James Lewis agrees:
But James Lewis, an expert on cybersecurity at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, raised another possibility: that a foreign state, most likely Russia, stole the documents by hacking or other means and delivered them to WikiLeaks, which may not know how they were obtained. Mr. Lewis noted that, according to American intelligence agencies, Russia hacked Democratic targets during the presidential campaign and gave thousands of emails to WikiLeaks for publication.
security  privacy  gov2.0  CIA  hack  tools  wikileaks  shadow_brokers 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Major NSA/Equation Group Leak - Schneier on Security
The NSA was badly hacked in 2013, and we're just now learning about it.
A group of hackers called "The Shadow Brokers" claim to have hacked the NSA, and are posting data to prove it. The data is source code from "The Equation Group," which is a sophisticated piece of malware exposed last year and attributed to the NSA. Some details:
The Shadow Brokers claimed to have hacked the Equation Group and stolen some of its hacking tools. They publicized the dump on Saturday, tweeting a link to the manifesto to a series of media companies.
The dumped files mostly contain installation scripts, configurations for command and control servers, and exploits targeted to specific routers and firewalls. The names of some of the tools correspond with names used in Snowden documents, such as "BANANAGLEE" or "EPICBANANA."
gov2.0  security  privacy  hack  snowden  shadow_brokers 
october 2016 by rgl7194

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