Shadow Brokers quit operation; giving away free Windows hacking tools

Earlier yesterday it was reported that the notorious Shadow Brokers hacking group is selling hacking tools which can be used to hack Windows-based devices. Now, it may come as a surprise the group has suddenly decided to quit their operation and give away some of the stolen Windows hacking tools for free.

In a goodbye note on their website, the hackers revealed that they are going dark because it was all about money (in their case bitcoin) and since they could not get enough Bitcoin, they have decided to quit. However, the bitcoin address of the group is still active and in case they receive 10,000 BTC they vow to come back and dump passwords for Linux and Windows.

At the same time, the group wants to sell some Windows hacking tools for a sum of 750 BTC which seems like a desperate move before vanishing into the dark world of Internet. The analysis of those tools is available at Heimdal Security’s blog post.

https://twitter.com/shadowbrokerss/status/819537298245218304


Note left by Shadow Brokers on their website

Here is a list of hacking tools that are being sold by the group:

UtBu – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
ST1.14 – DanderSpritz Backdoor – 25.0 BTC
Pacu – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Dark Skyline – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Demi – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Tedi – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
LegacyWindowsExploits – DanderSpritz Exploits – 25.0 BTC
Zbng – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Pc – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
SCRE – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Df – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Dsky – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Gath – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
DAPU – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
EP – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
DanderSpritz Base – DanderSpritz LP Only – 25.0 BTC
GrDo – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
GeZu – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
StLa – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Pfre – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
DanderSpritz All – DanderSpritz Everything – 250.0 BTC
DmGz – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
GrCl – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
Grok – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC
PC2.2 – DanderSpritz RAT – 25.0 BTC
Flav – DanderSpritz Plugin – 10.0 BTC

Shadow Brokers made the news in August 2016 by stealing hacking and security tools from reportedly NSA’s sponsored Equation Group, another notorious group of hackers defined by Kaspersky researcher as “the most advanced … we have seen.” As far as the Shadow Brokers are concerned, good luck to them.

Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.