Shadow Brokers Release Windows Malware that can Steal Keystrokes and Record Audio to its Paid Subscriber

Paid subscribers of Shadow Brokers’ monthly subscription can now gain complete access to your PC/laptop and steal your passwords and chats

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The hacking group named SHADOW BROKERS, which was responsible for the NSA leaks earlier. is back with another NSA hacker kit. This time however, the leak is only available for the users with its “monthly subscription”.

In their latest release, SHADOW BROKERS have released a malware dubbed UNITEDRAKE. It is a remote access and control tool with “plug-ins” that can target WINDOWS based systems enabling the hacker with full control over their victim's system.

UNITEDRAKE is compatible with systems running on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 up to Windows Server 2012. It first came to light in 2014 as a part of NSA's classified documents leaked by its former contractor Edward Snowden.

The Snowden documents suggested the agency used the tool alongside other pieces of malware, including GUMFISH, FOGGYBOTTOM, GROK, and SALVAGERABBIT

The malware's modules including FOGGYBOTTOM and GROK can perform tasks including listening in and monitoring communication, capturing keystrokes and both webcam and microphone usage, impersonating users, stealing diagnostics information and self-destructing once tasks are completed.

These tools were allegedly developed and used by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to perform mass surveillance and bulk hacking worldwide.

Ankush Johar, director at HumanFirewall.io, said: "Remote Administration and surveillance tools are not a new thing in the global cyberspace. These have existed since the beginning of the internet. Although, criminal grade pro malware like these are extremely dangerous as, even the inexperienced chaps now can use them to carry out nation-wide cyber crimes.

"It’s not too difficult to avoid the basic malware. Being aware and staying cautious is the key to your security. Consumers are suggested to make sure that the following points are always kept in mind before hovering around the tech."

* Keep a genuine anti-virus installed and updated.
* Do not click on click on unknown links. Verify the links completely before opening them.
* Never download attachments from untrusted sources.
* Never download pirated software/cracks as they contain malware or backdoors that can give complete access of your system to the hacker.
* Install all software and OS updates available on your device whenever prompted to do so.
* Avoid plugging in unknown USB devices, whether at home or office.



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