Shadow Brokers return with a password and message for Trump
By Bill Brenner, Sophos
April 10, 2017
Every few months, the person or group calling itself Shadow Brokers surfaces with a new claim of dumped NSA hacking tools, leaving us to wonder if they are in the business of satire. Its statements are rambling and often hard to verify, and they are, as Naked Security’s Paul Ducklin once put it, “pseudo-semi-literate”.
Still, in an age where entities like WikiLeaks regularly spill sensitive information on government hacking capabilities, it’s difficult to ignore the likes of Shadow Brokers altogether. With that, there’s another claim from the group to report on:
Shadow Brokers resurfaced Saturday and posted the password to an encrypted file cache believed to be components of a toolkit tied to the National Security Agency’s alleged Equation Group hacking campaign.
In its new message, the group cites frustration with US President Donald Trump as motivation for its latest activities:
After a very long list of reasons Trump has disappointed them, the group said, “Be considering this our form of protest” before releasing the password.
With the password, it appears anyone can unlock the data dump from last year. (Motherboard confirmed that the password did decrypt the original auction file).