The Shadow Brokers are back with another batch of hacking tools allegedly from the National Security Agency that includes Microsoft zero-day exploits and backdoors into SWIFT banking system service bureaus.
"They may have been used to target a global banking system".
The latest leak of the hacking group Shadow Brokers appears to indicate that the NSA had infiltrated two of SWIFT's service bureaus.
SWIFT said it regularly releases security updates and instructs client banks on how to handle known threats.
In response, Swift has said there is no evidence that the main Swift network had ever been accessed without authorisation. However, the firm did concede to the possibility that the local messaging system of some of its clients could have been breached.
Cyberthieves stole US$81 million from Bangladesh's central bank last May after a bank official's computer was hacked, enabling the thieves to order money transfers from the bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve.
The group Friday appeared to release tools created to target Windows PCs and servers, along with presentations and files purporting to detail the agency's methods of carrying out clandestine surveillance.
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The exploits, published by the Shadow Brokers on Friday, contain vulnerabilities in Windows computers and servers.
Microsoft said on Friday that, "other than reporters, no individual or organization has contacted us in relation to the materials released by Shadow Brokers".
"There is no impact on SWIFT's infrastructure or data, however we understand that communications between these service bureaus and their customers may previously have been accessed by unauthorized third parties".
A collective of security researchers have analyzed the leaked exploits yesterday afternoon, which helped us put a list of all the exploits, here. When cyber-thieves robbed Bank of Bangladesh past year, they compromised that bank's local Swift network to order money transfers from its account at the New York Federal Reserve.
"Maybe if all surviving WWIII, The Shadow Brokers be seeing you next week". But Microsoft, which initially stated only that it was investigating the matter, added on late Friday night that it already patched most of the vulnerabilities.
But even though Microsoft had patched the flaws, the company didn't say what the source of the vulnerability report was, as something noted by security researcher The Grugq in a tweet.
The NSA is not suspected of going after funds, just a little quiet spying by implanting spyware at various IP addresses to ferret out the flow of money to terror groups or other extremists, Wired said.
Cisco and the NSA did not reply to requests for comment. Under this theory, none of the exploits published Friday worked on supported Microsoft products, so the Shadow Brokers chose to use them in a propaganda campaign.