Hacker group The Shadow Brokers have put a price tag on their new exploit leaking service for new exploits. This comes as they begin efforts to promote their business ventures to the public.
They announced their price of 100 Zcash (ZEC) or approximately $23,000 USD, along with instructions on how to subscribe.
The group made the announcement via a Steemit blog post, explaining when and how to sign up for the so-called “Monthly Dump Service.”
In the blog entry, the group directed users toward a Zcash address, where they could send their fee of 100 ZEC between June 1st and June 30th. Additionally, they informed users to include a “delivery email address” when sending out payments.
Subsequently, between July 1st and July 17th, a mass email will be sent out to the provided email addresses of all “confirmed subscribers.” Through these emails, subscribers receive a link and a password for the Shadow Brokers’ June 2017 dump.
The rest of the post answers questions like “What is Zcash?” in a FAQ fashion — mostly in the Shadow Brokers’ signature broken English style.
Interestingly, in one of these FAQ-styled questions, “Is Zcash safe? ”, the group bluntly answers that it isn’t, and that the service is for “high rollers” and people willing to take high risks.Furthermore, they also address the question of what they plan to do include in the next dump, but offer little in terms of insight:
“TheShadowBrokers is not deciding yet. Something of value to someone. See theshadowbrokers’ previous posts. 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?”
They stated that these monthly dumps could include anything from browser, router and mobile exploits, to newer exploits for Windows 10 systems. In addition, they also claimed to hold compromised network data from SWIFT providers and central banks.
The information they claimed to possess even extends to compromised data regarding the nuclear and missile programs of multiple nation-states including Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
At the moment, there’s reason to believe they actually do possess at least some of the info they claim to have. However determining what they do have versus what they’re pretending to have is a mystery that is unlikely to be solved until the new exploits are released.
What do you think of the Shadow Brokers’ subscription service? Let’s hear your thoughts below.
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