New leak suggests NSA penetrated Mideast banking networks

The hackers call themselves TheShadowBrokers

The hackers call themselves TheShadowBrokers

Coming out to the public in 2016, the hacking group is notorious for publishing several NSA tools.

We all know the NSA has the tools to spy on virtually everyone, but now hacking group Shadow Brokers has released a data dump that has allegedly come from the NSA, which details that the United States spy agency can hack worldwide banks - and more important, yl the SWIFT network through Windows PCs and servers that are used during global financial transfers.

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"Today, Microsoft triaged a large release of exploits made publicly available by ShadowBrokers".

Criminals stole millions of dollars from Bangladesh's central bank after Swift was targeted by hackers past year. The spy tools could be used to hack any vulnerabilities present in Windows and could be potentially damaging.

"This is by far the most brutal dump", said Comae Technologies founder Matt Suiche, who has closely followed the group's disclosures and initially helped confirm its connection to the NSA past year.

The NSA has previously shown interest in targeting SWIFT, according to documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

However EastNets, which is based in Dubai, denied it had been hacked in a statement, and said the assertion was "totally false and unfounded". This is not the first time the Shadow Brokers have targeted the NSA. This is a Dubai-based anti-money laundering company that is working with SWIFT, the financial banking network.

Radio Sputnik talked to a cyber security expert, co-founder and director of British security consultancy Hacker House, Matthew Hickey.

Suiche told SearchSecurity that "technically speaking they had full control of the SWIFT Service Bureau (EastNets) environment", but it is unclear why, although Suiche said one script found in the release would allow the attacker to read all SWIFT banking transactions.

"We have no evidence to suggest that there has ever been any unauthorised access to our network or messaging services".

Both TechCrunch and Wired said they had received no comment from either the NSA or Microsoft.

The documents released by the Shadow Brokers on Friday indicate that the NSA may have accessed the SWIFT network through service bureaus.

The episode has raised questions about the behavior of the NSA, and whether it did enough to warn people that its Microsoft hacking tools had been stolen and could be published.

On Friday, Microsoft also said it was still studying the leak, and it "will take the necessary actions to protect our customers".

However, in the interim, no details of the exploits appear to have been provided to Microsoft by the NSA.

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