After infecting millions of computers and networks across the world, the WannaCry hackers – otherwise known as the Shadow Brokers – are back. This time they are offering a subscription to “0-day bugs”. In other words, this event might be similar in style to their previous leak of advanced NSA-developed hacking tools – also worth millions of dollars.
This new service will provide the subscribers access to vulnerabilities like ransomware, malware, Windows 10 bugs, and classified information about international nuclear missile programs. The subscription service will be taking place between July 1st and July 17th.
The hackers are promoting their services eagerly, although they warn against cheapskates:
“If you caring about loosing $20k+ then not being for you. Monthly dump is being for high rollers, hackers, security companies, OEMs, and governments. Playing “the game” is involving risks.”
They are also teasing the online community with their plots. Although the subscription service might be a giant moneymaking scam, their past activities suggest otherwise. In an effort to plant a haunting question in the masses, they write,
“The time for ‘I’ll show you mine if you show me yours first’ is being over. This is being wrong question. Question to be asking ‘Can my organization afford not to be first to get access to theshadowbrokers dumps?”
With this information, the possibility of a future attack is not only realistic but very probable. With an unknown vulnerability, there is no access to a kill switch . . . until it’s too late. The Shadow Brokers have already proven that they’re not messing around.
In order to take the necessary preventative measures against future cyber-attacks, users are urged to update and upgrade unpatched and end-of-life systems. It’s obvious that the Shadow Brokers are playing a game. Those with the proper knowledge and tools need to get involved.