Is the hacking group finally cashing out?
When a self-described hacking group calling themselves the Shadow Brokers stole a cache of National Security Agency hacking tools last year, one of their first moves was to try and auction them off for bitcoin. It didn’t go well.
The auction began in September of 2016, and almost a year later, the bitcoin address set up to collect bids has amassed a grand total of 10.5 bitcoin, or roughly $24,000 USD. On Monday, for the first time, whoever controls the Shadow Broker bitcoin address cleaned it out, moving all the bitcoins to subsidiary bitcoin addresses.
In other words, it sure looks like the Shadow Brokers are finally collecting the rather meagre returns on their bid to sell government-grade hacking tools to the highest bidder, or at least moving it somewhere less conspicuous. Recent actions from the group seem to indicate they’ve given up. In April, the Shadow Brokers dumped yet another cache of NSA exploits for free on the internet, even though they could have netted a hefty sum had they attempted to sell the exploits first.