The Shadow Brokers group has done their damage on society as a whole before when they published backing tools that some security experts think have been stolen from the United States National Security Agency.
This agency was behind the hacking tools that were released that lead to the creation of the infamous ‘WannaCry’ cyber attack.
They have now announced on Tuesday that they plan to sell a new batch of stolen code in July to customers who can afford to pay more than $22k for the information.
In the past, the hacking group said that they have had access to tools that can hack into the Windows 10 operating system as well as web browsers and network routers.
In so far, the NSA has declined to say if it built the tools that the Shadow Brokers are claiming to have stole and they also refuse to discuss any activities by said group. Microsoft also has no announcement regarding this situation.
No one knows the true identity of the Shadow Brokers, but many working theories involve the group having ties to the Russian government, which would be working to embarrass the United States.
Security researchers have urged taking the threat seriously after the Shadow Brokers released a group of NSA hacking tools in April, including one that was used to launch this month’s massive “WannaCry” cyber attack. WannaCry crippled some 300,000 computers worldwide, causing disruptions at hospitals, post offices, auto plants and government offices. “This is potentially disastrous,” said Matt Suiche, founder of cyber security firm Comae Technologies, who closely follows the Shadow Brokers. It is not clear who is behind the Shadow Brokers, though some security experts have said they believe the group is tied to the Russian government and working to embarrass the United States.