The files released indicate that the NSA allegedly accessed SWIFT's internal messaging systems to monitor the money flows of several banks in the Middle East and Latin America.
The US National Security Agency has compromised users of a major global money-transfer system used by some financial institutions and banks in the Middle East and Latin America, a group of hackers says.
The latest disclosure appears to have come courtesy of "The Shadow Brokers", a mysterious entity that for months has managed to slowly leak computer code allegedly used by NSA hackers to conduct cyberattacks on behalf of the USA intelligence community.
"We can confirm that no EastNets customer data has been compromised in any way". However, Cris Thomas, strategist at Tenable Network Security, said today's dump "seems to be the largest and most damaging release to date". However, SWIFT and EastNets told reporters that there has been no unauthorized access so far on its networks. In a message sent to TechCrunch overnight, the company said it has addressed the issue for systems running Windows 7 and later.
Hackers compromised the system in March 2016 - stealing the computer credentials of a SWIFT operator in Bangladesh -to send messages to the Federal Reserve Bank of NY that resulted in the theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank.
Microsoft says all of the security flaws exposed in Friday's leak of National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tools were already fixed in supported versions of its software.
In fact, in previous hours they re-published a new collection of exploits that directly affected some of the versions of Microsoft's operating system, Windows.
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Friday morning, the Shadow Brokers published documents that-if legitimate-show just how thoroughly United States intelligence has compromised elements of the global banking system.
A collective of security researchers have analyzed the leaked exploits yesterday afternoon, which helped us put a list of all the exploits, here.
"Based on the information contained in the data dump, the NSA has been able to compromise SWIFT banking systems, presumably as a way to monitor, if not disrupt, financial transactions to terrorists groups", Thomas told SearchSecurity.
Susan Hennessey, an editor at Lawfare and former NSA attorney, wrote on Twitter that the leak will cause "immense harm to both USA intel interests and public security simultaneously".
The documents and files were released by a group calling themselves the Shadow Brokers. Maybe if all suviving WWIII theshadowbrokers be seeing you next week.
A Twitter account read by many in the cyber-security community, however, reported on Saturday that the NSA did warn Microsoft last month, allowing the company to patch the vulnerabilities in time. He suggested that the NSA had been in contact directly about the vulnerabilities, which it lost control of when the Shadow Brokers obtained a copy of the agency's hacking toolkit, and knew which exploits were at risk as early as January.