IT&Software

NSA penetrated SWIFT banking network in Middle East: Hackers

NSA penetrated SWIFT banking network in Middle East: Hackers”

When hacking group "Shadow Brokers" started leaking NSA-discovered exploits, many people were understandably anxious.

Shadow Brokers first surfaced previous year offering for sale a suite of hacking tools from the NSA.

On Friday, a group released documents and files indicating NSA had accessed the SWIFT money-transfer system.

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.

Some of the Windows vulnerabilities that were enabling the exploits seemed quite serious, such as remote code execution bugs.

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

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Microsoft's response to the leaks comes several hours after Shadow Brokers' dumped a treasure trove of alleged NSA-leaked data on the interwebs. This would normally mean either that Microsoft somehow found (or purchased) all the vulnerabilities The Shadow Brokers were auctioning off, or perhaps that someone anonymously alerted Microsoft about the bugs.

Widespread student protests spark tension in Kashmir Valley
The Kashmir University Students Union on Monday held protests in all colleges and universities following the Saturday incident. In a statement, the union said the police action was created to help the state "rule by repression and fear".

Insights On Trending Stocks- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET)
They just need to take the company's market capitalization and divide it by the company's total sales over the past 12 months. Steinberg Global Asset Management boosted its position in shares of Caterpillar by 0.5% in the third quarter.

Former Gamecock makes Major League Baseball debut Wednesday with Yankees
Montgomery allowed three hits on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings. Former South Carolina pitcher Jordan Montgomery made his major league debut on Wednesday.

The SWIFT messaging system, which is headquartered in Belgium, is used by banks to transfer trillions of dollars each day.

While home and small business users, who generally patch as soon as possible, may be protected against these exploits, bigger businesses generally take a while to patch because they have extensive testing to be done, and may still be vulnerable.

Researchers who spent Friday sifting through TheShadowBrokers' code previously said that the tools exploited undisclosed vulnerabilities, a potentially serious development that anxious the security community.

Security researcher Mustafa Al-Bassam tweeted that the NSA hacked EastNets "inside out".

Files released by "Shadow Brokers" also suggest the NSA exploited weaknesses in Microsoft Windows products. Microsoft mysteriously delayed its Patch Tuesday release in February by a month in an unprecedented move, blaming a "last minute issue". SWIFT stated that there was no indication that their main network had been accessed by unauthorized users.

But three exploits - going by the names EnglishmanDentist, EsteemAudit, and ExplodingCan - were not reproducible in supported products, Misner said.

Microsoft declined to say how it learned of the exploits without outside help. Suiche noted EasyNets ran Window Server 2008 R2 which could be exploited with the FUZZBUNCH hacking tools framework.

"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". In a statement to Reuters, the company spokesperson said, "Other than reporters, no individual or organization has contacted us in relation to the materials released by Shadow Brokers".



Like this

Latest


17 April 2017
Shaqiri leaves Hull looking over shoulder
Former Swansea City and Hull City defender Sam Ricketts says the Welsh club are favourites to be relegated of the two this season. The second half we reacted, started strong, scored the goal.

17 April 2017
Roberto Firmino grabs another victor , Liverpool beat West Brom 1-0
After the interval, Milner had a chance to make it 2-0 but he volleyed over at the far post from Firmino's cross from the right. Liverpool stayed on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League as Roberto Firmino gave them a 1-0 win at West Brom .

17 April 2017
Egypt: Islamic State fans flame of sectarianism
The latest IS attacks were a blow to el-Sissi's image and left many Christians doubting whether he is capable of protecting them. Copts in Egypt have faced persecution and discrimination that has spiked since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011.



Recommended