Cisco Coverage for Shadow Brokers 2017-04-14 Information Release
Apr 26 2017 by Michele Stevens
Hacking group Shadow Brokers has released a data dump allegedly stolen from the NSA detailing the agency's ability to hack worldwide banks, including the SWIFT network, via Windows PCs and servers used for global financial transfers.
A second presentation document detailing a mission called Jeepflea_Powder describes efforts to access the systems of SWIFT service provider Business Computer Group (BCG), a business partner of EastNets based in Latin America, but says that as of 2013 the group hadn't yet been breached.
"In this case, if Shadow Brokersclaims are indeed verified, it seems that the NSA sought to totally capture the backbone of global financial system to have a God's eye into a SWIFT Service Bureau - and potentially the entire SWIFT network", Suiche wrote.
"As soon as they bypass the firewalls, they target the machines using Microsoft exploits", Suiche toldReuters. Microsoft said that the patches have been fixed for anyone running Windows 7 and beyond - meaning that if you're a Windows XP holdout, you are still vulnerable.
SWIFT said it had no evidence that the main SWIFT network had ever been accessed without authorisation.
Also, they have said in the statement that some of the SWIFT client banks might have been breached but they didn't mention NSA specifically.
Fairfax was not able to verify the authenticity of the files - and the NSA has not commented on the leak.
One spreedsheet contained in the release listed a slew of banks based in the Middle East that were successfully infected by NSA spyware.
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That update was supposed to roll out in February but didn't hit the scene until March, when it patched some of the NSA exploits disclosed by Shadow Brokers.
The slide referred to ASA firewalls.
For now, it's not exactly clear how Microsoft found out about these exploits or who tipped them off.
Some of those NSA hacking tools were already flagged by antivirus services years ago, but experts think that Shadow Brokers' leak still includes at least some unknown exploits for older Windows versions.
Meanwhile, EastNets Service Bureau, that provides outsourced SWIFT connectivity, on Saturday denied that its bureau was compromised and said that the reports of hack are "totally false and unfounded".
Microsoft's response comes after exaggerated concerns from a number of security researchers.
According to another report in Fortune, the group - believed to be tied to the Russian government - also released a set of confidential hacking tools used by United States intelligence organisation the NSA to exploit software vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows software.
In a statement on its website, EastNets rejected the allegations.