The shadow arms bazaar that fuels global cyber crime

Think of it like a wine club, they said — but for cyber weapons. On Tuesday, as the world was reeling from the impact of WannaCry, one of the most virulent cyber attacks in internet history, the group that began it all took a moment to relish what it had wrought: a third of Britain’s National Health Service knocked out of action; Chinese students locked out of their university files; and dozens of multibillion-dollar businesses from FedEx to Telefónica disrupted.

“In June, TheShadowBrokers is announcing ‘The ShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month’ service,” read a post in characteristically broken English on Steemit, a social media publishing platform. “Each month peoples [sic] can be paying membership fee, then getting members only data dump.” In other words, a threat of more damage to come.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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