"ShadowBrokers" Hacking Group Launches Subscription Service Selling Nuclear Secrets

Tyler Durden's picture

The hacking group known as 'The Shadow Brokers' 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.

As a reminder, we have noted in the past, many security experts believe the Equation Group is the National Security Agency, and that the Shadow Brokers may be part of a psychological operations campaign run by Russian intelligence.

Shadow Brokers first emerged last August, offering to auction hacking exploits it said were used by the NSA’s elite hacking team known as Equation Group (officially named Tailored Access Operations). NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and others confirmed the leak was authentic.


In December, Shadow Brokers cancelled its auction and offered to sell the exploits.


In April, the group released passwords to the rest of the hacking exploits in a move described as a protest against President Donald Trump for abandoning his base.


The release included a Windows SMB [Server Message Block] exploit, EternalBlue, which was leveraged in the recent WannaCry global ransomware attack.


In its Tuesday blog post, the group expressed its surprise that governments or tech companies didn’t bid in its past auctions.

It said is has always been about “the shadowbrokers vs theequation group,” and implied the NSA is a cohort of tech companies like Microsoft.

And now, as RT reports, the group’s monthly data dump could also include hacking exploits for web browsers, routers, and operating systems including Windows 10.

"TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" is a new monthly subscription model, the group said.


Payment will likely be made in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin given the group’s ransom demands in previous cyber attacks.


The group also promised to include compromised financial data from the SWIFT international payment order system, used by banks to transfer trillions of dollars each day, as well as confidential data from several central banks.

In a blog post published Tuesday, titled, ‘Oh Lordy! Comey Wanna Cry Edition’ the group accused the NSA of paying Microsoft to keep vulnerabilities in its software (and did not hold back in its accusations)

If theshadowbrokers is telling the peoples theequationgroup is paying U.S technology companies NOT TO PATCH vulnerabilities until public discovery, is this being Fake News or Conspiracy Theory?


Why Microsoft patching SMB vulnerabilities in secret? Microsoft is being embarrassed because theequationgroup is lying to Microsoft. TheEquationGroup is not telling Microsoft about SMB vulnerabilities, so Microsoft not preparing with quick fix patch. More important theequationgroup not paying Microsoft for holding vulnerability. Microsoft is thinking it knowing all the vulnerabilities theEquationGroup is using and paying for holding patch.


Douche bag, dumbass, libtard, rich prick Head Microsoft Lawyer is running his cock holster because he is having ruff weekend doing real work. Head Microsoft Lawyer being angry because he is missing leisurely weekend playing the skin flute behind the country club.


Real work is not being for executives. Real work is being for dirty foreign H1B workforce, happily working for less than stupid lazy American workers.

Shadow Brokers finished its post saying if a responsible party were to buy “all lost data before it is being sold to the peoples” then the group would have no more financial incentives and would “go dark permanently.”

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espirit's picture

I missed the boat because I was a doubter.

Can afford now to be vindictive.

LN's picture

The hydrogen bomb was first detonated in 1952, 65 years ago.  Maybe you should hack something more modern.


Truthseeker20's picture

This is fake story. Its real aim is to go after bitcoin which is threat to debt based fiat currency.

Anarchyteez's picture

How about hacking and selling the Clinton crimes. Wieners laptop would be a good place to start.

Nuclear secrets...lame. Somebody somewhere get the Clinton dirt out please!

FIAT CON's picture

So this is what the NSA is up to today, what's happening tomorrow or are they off for the weekend


espirit's picture


Shift trolls will be here any minute now.


roddy6667's picture

Sounds more like disinformation.

stant's picture

I am making? a shit load of money selling ,  war , drugs propaganda , baby parts, human trafficking? etc and you can too!!! Just click on us.gov and join the party!!

espirit's picture

If I don't have to sell myself to 80 YO grannies, I'm in!

man of Wool's picture

You mean tor and bitcoin. 

shovelhead's picture

She was a waitress in a cocktail bar.

Now she works for NSA.

datbedank's picture

Shadow brokers ha, yeah right. They're just an in house NSA group trying to get someone to buy their crap and then use it as an excuse to end cryptocurrenies.


Thankfully, no one's biting. The shadowbrokers will probably fake the sale so the demise of bitcoin can continue. 

I Write Code's picture

Nuclear secrets?

How about unclear secrets!

How about:

Slut Racer Scene
Accrue Less Rent
Scarcest Eel Run
Scarcer Eel Nuts
Cancer Else Rust
Carte Cruelness
Cleanest Curers
Scanter Recluse
Reluctances Res
Canceler Estrus


Ms No's picture

Who is the target audience for this propaganda, five year olds?  They can't do anything right.  No wonder Putin is always laughing his ass off.

Count Chancellor Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk's picture

What's next?

PBS style "PLEDGE DRIVE" by Shadow-Brokers and Anonymous? Maybe Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association's Labor Day Telethon for "HACKED DATA?"

HACKED DATA AS A SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE. Soon we'll have to provide IMF & World Bank Funding for these people.

Austrian Peter's picture

Having analysed the crappy English, these people are either Chinese or North Koreans

Golden Showers's picture

Sounds like Asian to me. Really liked the skin flute part. What perjorative is this language nested in?

Lazy American worker also rubs off as Chinese. But they're not wrong.

One up, dude.

Atomizer's picture

Fidget spinner monkey trainer. Buy FSMT on the dip, LOL. 

Fidget Spinners have hit a new low - YouTube

shovelhead's picture


Looks easier than a hula-hoop. These kids need to go outside and play.

amanfromMars's picture

Shadow Brokers finished its post saying if a responsible party were to buy “all lost data before it is being sold to the peoples” then the group would have no more financial incentives and would “go dark permanently.”

Aha! …. ye olde worlde Danegeld Play and Virtual Vapourware Ransomware Ploy. Good luck with that, Shadow Brokers, whilst not forgetting to make sure you extract aplenty.

CHoward's picture

Damn it...this is that damn kid in Hoboken again playing around.

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fdgdfgd's picture

It might be interesting to note the text is clearly written by a person of East Asian, Vietnam etc. origin, and who has not had a chance to learn to express themselves in a more proper manner, i.e., has always resided in the said region. The text was NOT written by a person of Russian origin.

Dilluminati's picture

There are voice analysis and even typing analysis programs out there, syntax matching... pattern recognition, so the practice is to also mystify the communication.  It is like cutting letters from a magazine to craft a ransom note when that was fashionable.  (Back in the day of simple handwriting analysis)  And then there is the cock holster comment which was a TV statement lately and skin flute which is ancient.  But what you see is the crafted message at a target audience American from a messenger who wishes to obfusicate attribution however by targeting audiencing reveals.  And of course this is someone who is confident that they are beyond reach by the targeted audience reach.

But imagining these people lack oratorical prowess or a command of rhetoric is to be a f0cking cunt.  It's glitter on an idea to confuse those who don't look deeper for meaning.

mary mary's picture

Content reader: Thank you both, and especially Dilluminati, for sharing that information, which I did not know before, and which I appreciate.

Grammar police (sorry): I try to not switch back and forth from "he" to "they".  To accomplish this, I often have to post my message, read it, and then edit it.  Proofreading.  I believe that grammatical point is correct.  It is important to me, because the MSM/TPTB spokesmodels are so lazy with their pronouns, and I believe they are often lazy on purpose, to numb their readers and listeners into allowing MSM/TPTB gossip/innuendo to pass as fact.

Dilluminati's picture

I think that fast enough the fascination with this will pass when the pain is felt by all.  Let me be succinct, there is a problem when NSL material is leaked, when associcate targets harrased for political beliefs or just a damn good commentary.  However I also believe that two wrongs won't make a right, or that allowing these tools into the hands of some genuinely fucked individuals is a sound idea.  It is not a matter of if but when these tools do one of a few things: get just curious and dumb people caught up in something way-way over their heads, or fall victim to loss of property or worse as a consequence of being a target of these tools.  

We might be at a low point when the two people most recognized as contributing to these leaks are celebrated as a society, Manning as an example to my way of thinking is no hero but instead a zero, same with Assange and Snowden.  Of the three really it took very little skill and forethought to do what they did and so far they seem not at all held accountable to any consequences, the chorus of hate America first is loud, and the genuine abuse of power this last election evident, I see the right to anger but also counsel wrong to sin.

I look at all this and think that it is a colosal failure of our congress, of our influence peddling of huge tech companies, really bad legislation and even worse oversight.  However I'm still not with the hate America first crowd.  My advice is to get a good backup with clonezilla offline and have something to restore it at offline.  I'm awaiting the leveraging of this stuff by some genuinely fucked up people for some genuinely senseless purpose for some twisted political agenda nobody supports.

How the fuck did we get to the point where these leakers are realeased? Nobody twists anyones arm to accept a position where they agreed to handle information.  And really.. that information isn't going to enrich your life, it just might be a representation of all the stupidity and sham, corruption, and crime that surrounds us.  I mean lets be serious you have to almost voluteer to want access and if your're smart, do not want it!  But here we are with the people who did agree just handing out weapons to EVERYONE freind and foe alike.  That is like supporting gun ownership and handing out firearms to the nuts, insane, criminal, and psychotic all in the name of self-proclaimed robin hood.  Those irresponsible assholes deserve a bullet through the skull.  

The assholes who leaked NSL material this last election the same. 

Pretty fucked up and not pretty.  But there you go.  But I look at these assholes and wonder when some group (you can make your own list according to you're conscious) uses these tools to do something simply irrational.  Again use your judgement and decide who shouldn't have these tools and then decide why publishing them is right?

And last but not least, I don't like a cunt.  A cunt is that thing that says I'm in on anything, gives his/her/it's word that they are good, didn't give it full thought, and then is that special kind of cunt that shoves knife in the back of the group, any group.. snitch, cunt, nark, call it what you want.. I call em assholes

But what is going down is pretty fucked up and when you don't hear people stating that simple truth (and remember humans have the human capacity to hear the truth) and a even greater ability to ignore it, then that list you made of assholes who shouldnt have the tools is complete.

I'm not at all really impressed with where we are at today, I'd sum it up to bad damn management.

Just my two cents.


espirit's picture


I’d like to add…


Humanity is on hold. Could you please wait in the lobby?


(Not a diss on you BTW.)


Dilluminati's picture

Short humanity, retail, and detroit.

louie1's picture

I think that Snowdon and Manning are heroes and the USA deserves all the hate it gets. Killing these messengers allows for the creation of a dictatorship. As it is NSA spying is far worse than anything done in the old East Germany.

Spying means you are not free any more. Until the citizens stand up for personal liberty and destroy the NSA and CIA, the whole American dream will be hijacked by globalist fascits

. I would say it is too late. I think the US is already a military fascist state not much different from Germany in the 30's. Swap the Jews for Shiites. Swap Zeig Heil for USA, USA, USA.

It will take 20 years to educate the US citzens and inform them that they have been suckered, lied to and conned. But the educators will be disappeared after their first email is sent..........

Dilluminati's picture

Oh stfu and move on and wipe your jowls the stuff dripping down it you clown faced, pink pussy hat, cone head.  Everybody spies, just some stupid assholes leaking the stuff to everybody so anything can happen.  You are the stupid cocksucker who doesn't understand trust but verify and how that visiblity kept the peace during the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and such.  You're that rare stupid cocksucker who is just stupid enough to think that tossing weapons (and that is what those exploits are) to nefarious groups (use your own list) is a good idea, and the reason?  Is because you are that unreasoning cucked POS who just hates what he can't accept and understand.

In Russia that reporter would be fucking dead by now, not flying city to city publishing leaks.

Don't worry I'll survive the dumb ass idiots such as yourself for no other reason than I accept the world as it is and prepare.  But take your snot nosed hate America first, white guilt, and self loathing somewhere else.

mary mary's picture

Why not Israeli, British, French, Pakistani, Indian, and American nuclear secrets?  Must be Mossad/CIA/NSA.

Jugdish's picture

Well... They could be a bunch of Vietnamese hookers. They are great with computers and dislike Americans and Chinese.

Disgruntled Goat's picture

Vietnamese hookers dislike Americans?

just the tip's picture

ya know, trump did, at one time, say his kid could do anything with a computer.

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


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28th Amendment


Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation;


a, owning another corporation,


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2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of;


a, government,


b, education, or


c, news media, and


3, provisions for;


a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books, and


b, the establishment of a state and municipal-owned banking system


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