Posted by Curt on 14 April, 2017 at 6:58 pm. 2 comments already!



Thanks to the Shadow Brokers, any hacker can now easily attack and pwn millions of Windows computers on the internet.

On Friday, the group known as The Shadow Brokers dropped the hacking equivalent of a bomb, or perhaps several bombs, giving hackers all over the world the tools to easily break into millions of Windows computers.

“This is internet god mode for Microsoft computers,” a security researcher that goes by the handle Hacker Fantastic, told Motherboard in an online chat.

After weeks of silence, The Shadow Brokers came back last Saturday to drop a long-awaited set of files that turned out to be just underwhelming, old Linux hacking tools. But today, the group released what’s probably its most explosive—and damaging—dump yet: a collection of several alleged NSA hacking tools for Microsoft Windows systems, likely including multiple unknown exploits, or zero-days.

This is bad news not just for the NSA, but for the internet as a whole, according to security researchers who are poring through the dump. As someone called it, this is “cyber chaos.”

Perhaps the worst tool released by the hackers is called “FUZZBUNCH.” This is a hacking suite or toolkit that contains several plug-and-play exploits to attack several versions of Windows operating system. Some researchers described it as something akin to Metasploit, a popular open source hacking framework.

“This FUZZBUNCH framework contains the closest thing to a cyber weapon since Stuxnet,” Hacker Fantastic said. “It is packed full of exploits. It’s Metasploit but with zero-days.”

In fact, the latest Shadow Brokers dump contains several working Windows zero-days in executable (.exe) binaries with “step-by-step logs laying out how they’re used and the commands to run,” according to Ashkan Soltani, an independent security researcher.

That means that pretty much anyone, from low-level cybercriminals to so-called “script kiddies”—hackers who are only good at reusing other hackers’ tools—could repurpose them to attack Windows computers.

“I think if you were motivated, you yourself could run some of these,” joked Soltani, who previously worked at the FTC as their chief technology officer.

In other words, right now, millions of computers could be in danger. And they will be hackable until Microsoft releases patches, which could perhaps take weeks or months.

“It’s not safe to run an internet facing Windows box right now,” said a hacker who used to work in the US Department of Defense.

Read more

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x