Hackers Release Files Indicating NSA Monitored Global Bank Transfers
Talking about the NSA spy tools leak online, Matthew Hickey, founder of security firm Hacker House, said that the latest hacking is possibly the most damaging in the last several years.
The Swift network allows banks to move money around the world and the leaked files indicate one of its major bureaus, EastNets, may have been hacked. The vulnerabilities had been discovered and used by the NSA, but the Shadow Brokers (a group widely believed to be a front for the Russian government) stole the NSA files, and has been publishing them in a series of blog posts.
He added that NSA "completely hacked" EastNets, one of two SWIFT service bureaus named in the documents that were released by the Shadow Brokers. The company said Friday the documents were dated and denied that any customer data had been affected. "We have no evidence to suggest that there has ever been any unauthorized access to our network or messaging services".
But the organisation said that the local messaging systems of some Swift client banks had been breached.
"The tools and exploits released today have been specifically created to target earlier versions of Windows operating system", said security specialist Pierluigi Paganini on the Security Affairs website.
It turns out that the hacking tools released by Shadow Brokers were all several years old, and Microsoft states that not just Windows 10 has been patched, but all versions of the operating system that are now supported.
Several analysts have said that the revelations by "Shadow Brokers" are credible and that the files have nearly certainly come from the NSA, as some of them bear the agency's seals.
Other tools point to several other remote exploits in every version of Windows, according to Hacker Fantastic, a security researcher who has been analyzing the files.
"Shadow Brokers" has previouslyreleased leaked malware which it attempted to sell for tens of millions of dollars.
SWIFT is an worldwide messaging network used by 10,000 banks in 212 countries to send information about financial transactions, including money transfers.
The hacked tools alarmed famous USA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who first uncovered the extent of NSA's illegal spying in 2013.
Microsoft said in a statement that it is reviewing the leak and "will take the necessary actions to protect our customers". Maybe if all suviving WWIII theshadowbrokers be seeing you next week. "NSA did not warn Microsoft".
"The NSA knew their hacking methods were stolen a year ago, but refused to tell software makers how to lock the thieves out".
The NSA, which did not respond to emails, has previously shown interest in targeting SWIFT, according to documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, and Suiche said other documents in the release suggested an effort to monitor the world's financial transactions that went beyond EastNets.
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