Cisco Coverage for Shadow Brokers 2017-04-14 Information Release

  • Cisco Coverage for Shadow Brokers 2017-04-14 Information Release

Cisco Coverage for Shadow Brokers 2017-04-14 Information Release

The files were released by Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that has previously leaked malware. The tools, however, are for pre-Windows 10 operating systems.

A new trove of alleged surveillance tools and exploits from the National Security Agency's elite hacking team have been released by the Shadow Brokers' hacking group.

"We encourage customers to ensure their computers are up-to-date", Misner said.

Following the leak, Microsoft released a statement outlining the risks that may have been created by the disclosure.

Swift was successfully targeted by hackers previous year when criminals stole $81m from the Bangladeshi central bank.

Hundreds of megabytes worth of sophisticated hacking tools purportedly stolen from the National Security Agency became publicly available Friday, triggering security experts across the globe to sound alarms as the USA government's weaponized software exploits seemingly entered the wild. According to the aforementioned group of hackers, these exploits were used by the NSA and it was a series of zero-day attacks that compromised the security and privacy of the Redmond software.

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.

"This is really bad, in about an hour or so any attacker can download simple toolkit to hack into Microsoft based computers around the globe", tweeted one such researcher, Hacker Fantastic, who's been pouring through the materials.

Fairfax was not able to verify the authenticity of the files - and the NSA has not commented on the leak. "If you are using Windows 7 and above, you can disable SMB as mentioned on the MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) until Microsoft issues official patches".

The documents and files were released by a group calling themselves the Shadow Brokers.

"If they have access to global networks like SWIFT, then they have effectively got the backbone of the world's financial institutions". This is a Dubai-based anti-money laundering company that is working with SWIFT, the financial banking network.

He added that NSA "completely hacked" EastNets, one of two SWIFT service bureaus named in the documents that were released by the Shadow Brokers.

Matthew Hickey, founder of Hacker House whoo reproduced the hacks, said businesses who delay patches for operational purposes should make sure their software is up to date.

Mustafa Al-Bassam, a computer science researcher at University College London, said on Twitter that the Shadow Brokers documents show that the "NSA hacked a bunch of banks, oil and investment companies in Palestine, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen, more". Microsoft itself seems to imply that the NSA didn't warn the company.