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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#2209 ShadowBrokers fails to collect 1M bitcoins – releases stolen information
ShadowBrokers finally made good on their promise to release the decryption key to unlock the stolen ‘auction’ file purportedly filled with NSA hacking tools.

Over the weekend, the hacking group ShadowBrokers released the decryption key for the ‘auction’ file that was included in the dump of information from last summer that the group claimed they acquired from Equation Group – reportedly a well-known hacking team responsible for highly sophisticated malware campaigns such as Flame and Stuxnet and possibly associated with certain 3-letter government agencies.

While the group’s get-rich-quick plan to sell the auction file for the astronomical asking price of 1M bitcoins (roughly $1,186,510,000.00 US Dollar as of today) may have ended with spectacular failure, the team has made good on their promise to ultimately release the stolen information should the requested payoff not be received. It’s difficult, if not impossible for us to verify the claims from the hackers or to place attribution to the appropriate group, but there are interesting bits of information contained within the archive and we will document some of the early discoveries here.
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