NSA hackers to stop selling stolen cyber weaponry

NSA hackers to stop selling stolen cyber weaponry
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The Shadow Brokers, a hacker group that had been illicitly selling National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tools, is closing shop. 

“So long, farewell peoples. TheShadowBrokers is going dark, making exit. Continuing is being much risk and bulls--t, not many bitcoins,” the group said Thursday in a message posted to Twitter.

“TheShadowBrokers is deleting accounts and moving on so don’t be trying communications.”  

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The Brokers burst on the scene in August, attempting to auction the complete set of computer code for a variety of tools that appeared to have been stolen from the vaunted NSA-affiliated hacking operation the Equation Group. 

Sample files released to drum up interest in the auction contained tracking codes that matched those in unreleased Edward Snowden documents, seemingly verifying the files' provenance. Despite the files dating back to 2012 and 2013, they contained a number of hacking techniques that still worked at the time of their release.

The Brokers never received the multimillion-dollar bids they had hoped, and soon switched to a crowdfunding model, which also fell short. Recently, the group switched to an a la carte sales model for specific techniques, which also does not appear to have garnered the intended profits. 

“You are being disappointed? Nobody is being more disappointed than ShadowBokers,” the message said.