Shadow Brokers release also suggest NSA spied on bank transactions

Posted April 15, 2017

The documents released by the Shadow Brokers on Friday indicate that the NSA may have accessed the SWIFT network through service bureaus. "TheShadowBrokers rather being getting drunk with McAfee on desert island with hot babes", an apparent reference to eccentric anti-virus mogul John McAfee.

That said, multiple experts said the sheer number of zero days released at the same time was unprecedented.

"Maybe if all surviving WWIII, theshadowbrokers be seeing you next week", Friday's post read.

The U.S. National Security Agency, arguably the world's best-financed spy agency, reportedly compromised the global banking system by hacking into the firm that oversees payments for dozens of banks and other firms.

The real mystery here is why the Shadow Brokers released this data. "It is very significant as it effectively puts cyber weapons in the hands of anyone who downloads it".

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Even more so, info has been revealed about EsteemAudit, a Remote Desktop Protocol exploit targeted at Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft had no comment on the leaks at time of publication, but its engineers should be scrambling to fix the flaws exploited by the tools, where they can.

The first dump of files from the Brokers contained previously unknown security vulnerabilities in security hardware from manufacturers like Cisco and Juniper Networks. The swift folder contains PowerPoint slides suggesting that the Middle East network used by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) for financial transactions was targeted by the NSA, according to a blog post by Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Matt Suiche.

Reuters could not independently confirm that EastNets had been hacked.

EastNets (eastnets.com), a world leader in innovative financial compliance solutions, announced today that the reports of an alleged hacker-compromised EastNets Service Bureau (ENSB) network is totally false and unfounded.

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

"This would make a lot of sense that the NSA compromise this specific SWIFT Service Bureau for Anti-money laundering (AML) reasons in order to retrieve ties with terrorists groups", Suiche wrote. Besides specific data concerning specific servers, the archive also includes reusable tools to extract the information from Oracle databases such as a list of database users and SWIFT message queries.

However, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took to Twitter to call EastNets' bluff.