NSA 'WannaCry' hackers have 'compromised' data that could include foreign nuclear codes

The ransomware virus affected 23 computers in the Palakkad Southern railway divisional office on Tuesday. KK MUSTAFAH

The leaks, and the global WannaCry virus attack, have renewed debate over how and when intelligence agencies should disclose vulnerabilities used in cyber spying programs to so that businesses and consumers can better defend themselves against attacks.

It also threatened to release compromised data from the worldwide banking network and secret information on the nuclear and missile programs of Russia, China, Iran or North Korea. The group teased more details would come out next month.

"ShadowBrokers are back" tweeted Matthieu Suiche, a French hacker and security researcher who has tracked the group. It also alleges that Microsoft Corp.is colluding with The Equation Group - "the Microsoft is being BFF with the equation group" - the NSA's hacking group, and that the NSA has spies inside of Microsoft and other top US technology companies. A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was now once again preparing a response. It was a teaser for a larger batch of tools that the Shadow Brokers attempted - but failed - to auction.

In fact, the screenshots were alarming, so much so that the U.S. Had that advice been widely followed, WannaCry wouldn't have had almost the impact that it ultimately had.

Asked how it learned about EternalBlue, Microsoft declined to comment to Information Security Media Group, except to say that it might withhold identifying any bug hunters who request to remain anonymous.

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The only mitigating factor in this is that the NSA appears to have been informing companies about different exploits and so allowing them to fix their products and issue updates to affected software and systems.

Extract from the Shadow Brokers' Tuesday post.

Shadow Brokers, the group that claimed responsibility for leaking NSA cyber spying tools that included that ones used in WannaCry global ransomware attack, has warned it will sell codes that can be used to hack the most used computers, software and phones. It also suggests North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.

"TheShadowBrokers is not being interested in stealing grandmothers' retirement money", the group said, adding that the theft has "always" been about the Shadow Brokers versus the Equation Group, a hacking group linked to the NSA. As is to be expected, the group notes that what members do with the exploits is completely up to them. But that argument is hard to follow due to the Shadow Brokers' poor English, which some observers believe may be intentional.

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