During the more than five years the NSA used EternalBlue's extraordinary powers to extract secrets from targeted computers, the Washington Post reported, some officials discussed whether the flaw was so risky they should reveal it to Microsoft.
The Shadow Brokers had originally tried to sell the stolen tools in an auction, but backed down after receiving no bidders.
The latest Shadow Brokers' post criticizes global tech corporations as well as governments for not buying exploits in the past and thereby saving the public from an attack such as WannaCry.
The group's monthly data dump could also include hacking exploits for web browsers, routers, and operating systems including Windows 10.
Given that the Wannacry attack has already proven the potency of the materials in their possession, it is rather alarming to consider what could be contained in their next set of leaks, especially if they actually have information regarding the nuclear programs of countries.
The Shadow Brokers hacking group is pushing a monthly subscription service offering members top secret information including "compromised network data" from the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
The WannaCry ransomware never could have escalated as far as it did without the Shadow Brokers. "Is being like wine of month club", its post states; Blue Apron for malware.
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While the motives of the Shadow Brokers remains unknown, it claimed that it wasn't interested in the bug bounties paid by software firms for vulnerabilities found in their code or selling to "cyber thugs".
That exploit is ETERNALBLUE, a supposed hacking tool developed by the Equation Group, a codenamed usually given to NSA cyber-operations. It adds, "Each month peoples can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump each month".
The announcement comes on the heels of a very virulent ransomware outbreak that has used one of the exploits previously leaked by the group. They're now threatening to sell these hacking tools, which are way more unsafe and lethal.
Hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA that were leaked online last month were built into WannaCry ransomware - also known as WannaCrypt - that swept the globe on Friday.
The group claims that a screenshot it posted in January alerted the Equation Group that it had access to the EternalBlue exploit, and that this was responsible for Microsoft missing a security update in February.