The spy agency reportedly knew about the theft of its cyberweapons arsenal, which was later allegedly leaked by the Shadow Brokers hacker group.
This EternalBlue vulnerability was actually first discovered by the United States security agency NSA, but the agency's hacking arsenal was stolen by the Shadow Brokers, and now the hacker group responsible for this theft has written a blogpost.
It also threatened to dump data from banks using the Swift worldwide money transfer network and from Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean nuclear and missile programmes, without providing further details.
The Shadow Brokers said they'll release more details about their monthly data dump in June, including how interested subscribers could sign up.
In the blogpost which was made yesterday, the group claiming to be Shadow Brokers, said, "Shadow Brokers feels that it was "being very responsible" about April's dump-the one that resulted in WannaCrypt/WannaCry, and the potential for many more exploits." . They're planning to release more NSA hacking tools in June, offering access to them to anyone willing to pay.More news: Penguins knot series with 1-0 Game 2 victory over Senators
The patch eventually came out in March, a month before the EternalBlue exploit was made public, however computer systems which had not applied the patch were still vulnerable to attack.
"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage." - said Microsoft's Brad Smith - "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. This is always being about theshadowbrokers vs theequationgroup", they said.
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.
Apparently, Shadow Brokers have already tried to sell information to several multinational companies, countries, and worldwide organizations, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the UN, Microsoft, Apple, and Google, but none of them was interested in that kind of purchase. Yet, we could not and should not believe anything the group says only because they posted it on a blog. The blog post criticizes the global technology giants and their relation with the U.S government.