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Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 22:54

Most troubling was the fact that hospitals often used older machines running outdated operating systems, which were left open to the WannaCry exploit. Windows 10, web browser and router exploits along with "compromised network data from more SWIFT providers and Central banks" are among the items that might be offered through the "dump of the month" service.

It wants to sell them, starting in June through "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service.

Alternately, the Shadow Brokers appears to be giving the NSA or any other organization that has leaked cyber warfare kits to buy back the whole lot and avoid the release of the tools.

The rogue hackers have promised more details on their content-monetization strategy in June.

National security journalist Marcy Wheeler has suggested that Shadow Brokers' recent claims of a new Windows 10 exploit might be a deliberate attempt to inflame tensions between Microsoft and the United States government.

As if dealing with the continuing drama of the WannaCry global ransomware attack was not enough, the original group behind the leak of the US National Security Agency (NSA's), hacking tools has announced it is going to release more tools that could be exploited in the near future.

As a quick refresher, a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers released a treasure trove of NSA exploits and hacking tools just a few weeks ago.

"It's being like wine of month club", said the blog post, which is written in broken English.

They were easy to be exploited because they were not getting regular security patches from Microsoft automatically. The post indicated those who are willing can pay a monthly membership fee and how members will use the data they purchase would be up to them.

It also alleges that Microsoft colluding with The Equation Group - "the Microsoft is being BFF with the equation group" - the NSA's hacking group, and that the NSA has spies inside of Microsoft and other top US technology companies.

The leaked WannaCry software has also caused a rift between Microsoft and the USA government, with the Redmond-based company criticizing the NSA for holding on to exploits.

That attempt was also doomed, and after failing to secure buyers for the remainder of the tools they teased, the group dumped online the August 2016 password-protected archive last month in April.

Microsoft had previously patched the vulnerability, but many computers had not installed the updates and were left exposed.

In her analysis of the Shadow Brokers' threat, independent security researcher Marcy Wheeler wrote that "simply by threatening another leak after leaking two sets of Microsoft exploits, Shadow Brokers will ratchet up the hostility between Microsoft and the government".