The Shadow Brokers, which is either a group or an individual thought to be leaking National Security Agency (NSA) information, announced on Tuesday a monthly subscription service for those interested in receiving more documents they claim to possess, The Hill reported Tuesday.
The group began releasing files last August, most recently a suite of Windows hacking tools from NSA documents taken in 2013. The tools were subsequently used in the Wanna Cry ransomware that affected computer users worldwide earlier this month.
The Shadow Brokers posted instructions on how to join a "Wine of the Month" club to receive new NSA leaks with a pricetag of 100 ZCash coins, or roughly $23,000. ZCash is a form of digital currency similar to Bitcoin.
The Shadow Brokers often use broken English in their postings, which is believed to be an attempt to conceal their identity. They indicated interested parties should not be opposed to risking their investment for the information.
"If you caring about loosing $20k+ Euro then not being for you. Monthly dump is being for high rollers, hackers, security companies, OEMs, and governments. Playing 'the game' is involving risks," one post explained.
Not much is known about the Shadow Brokers, the article stated, including whether they are hackers or NSA insiders. The group explained they will not divulge the nature of the contents of files prior to their release, including what would be included in next month's documents.
"TheShadowBrokers is not deciding yet. Something of value to someone... Peoples is seeing what happenings when theshadowbrokers is showing theshadowbrokers' first. This is being wrong question. Question to be asking 'Can my organization afford not to be first to get access to theshadowbrokers dumps?'"
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