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Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Microsoft Says Users Are Protected From Alleged NSA Malware


Although some records bear NSA seals, their authenticity has yet to be confirmed.

Security researchers have taken to social media sites to speculate on the circumstances that led to Microsoft killing all four of would-be zerodays one month before they were published on the Internet. The leak includes detailed lists of hacked or potentially targeted computers, including those belonging to firms in Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Syria, Yemen, and the Palestinian territories.

In a tweet, EastNets claimed there was no credibility to claims their machines were compromised.

"The reports of an alleged hacker-compromised EastNets Service Bureau (ENSB) network is totally false and unfounded".

But the contents of the leak appeared to suggest otherwise. When cyber-thieves robbed Bank of Bangladesh past year, they compromised that bank's local Swift network to order money transfers from its account at the New York Federal Reserve.

Cisco and the NSA did not reply to requests for comment.

The exploits are aimed at a number of Windows servers and Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows 8. "NSA did not warn Microsoft".

An exploit targeting the SMBv2 protocol, which Microsoft patched this year via MS17-010.

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Security experts say Friday's disclosure is probably another blow to the USA spy agency.

"Whenever the NSA is caught going in the backdoor when they already had front-door access (such as the backdoor monitoring of Google and Yahoo's internal communication revealed in the Snowden documents), it not only closes the backdoor but also results in legal pushback that may limit the front-door access", Weaver told CNNTech in an email.

Cyberthieves stole US$81 million from Bangladesh's central bank last May after a bank official's computer was hacked, enabling the thieves to order money transfers from the bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve.

That cyberattack was likely the work of the North Korean government, according to the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab ZAO.

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. Belgium-based SWIFT downplayed the risk of attacks employing the code released by hackers on Friday. Several of these tools and exploits have been identified as zero-day vulnerabilities by members of the information security community.

SWIFT said that it has no evidence that its primary network has been accessed without authorisation.

The Swift network allows banks to move money around the world and the leaked files indicate one of its major bureaus, EastNets, may have been hacked. "The EastNets Service Bureau runs on a separate secure network that can not be accessed over the public networks".

The Shadow Brokers, the hacker group that previously tried to auction off hacking tools acquired from the NSA, released a new dump of programs today. When the Shadow Brokers recognized that the exploits were no longer valuable zerodays, they published them in a campaign created to sow confusion.

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