The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the Swift global banking system.
The latest dump doesn't just include a bunch of Windows 0-days, it also includes reports of NSA attacks on the world's banks through compromises to the SWIFT payment system.
EastNets ran a "complete check of its servers and found no hacker compromise or any vulnerabilities", according to a statement from EastNets' chief executive and founder, Hazem Mulhim. Given Redmond's increasingly secretive approach to patching, we hope they'll be more open about upcoming updates to address the NSA-exploited security holes.
SWIFT said that it has no evidence that its primary network has been accessed without authorisation.
Shook said criminal hackers could use the information released to hack into banks and steal money in operations mimicking a heist a year ago of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank.
Hacking group the Shadow Brokers yesterday dumped a new collection of Windows hacks used by the NSA to target PCs which were believed to contain a number of Zero-day exploits.
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Several analysts have said that the revelations by "Shadow Brokers" are credible and that the files have nearly certainly come from the NSA, as some of them bear the agency's seals.
"SWIFT is aware of allegations surrounding the unauthorized access to data at two service bureaus", a spokesperson for the group told The Reg. Mr. Hickey was able to replicate the exploits in his United Kingdom firm's lab and confirmed the authenticity of the leaked spy tools.
The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) provides a network that enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions in a secure, standardised and reliable environment.
The Shadow Brokers has been posting hacking tools to the GitHub repository in an online auction over the past year, according to Wikipedia's account. In a statement, the tech giant said it had not been contacted by the NSA about the breach.
"TheShadowBrokers rather being getting drunk with McAfee on desert island with hot babes", the group said in announcing the release. Maybe if all suviving WWIII theshadowbrokers be seeing you next week.
While Microsoft didn't explicitly accept that these three exploits affect unsupported versions, it did suggest Windows users to update their systems to the latest offerings. Even NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden weighed in on the exploits, claiming that the "NSA did not warn Microsoft" about the leaked exploits. In any event, and as noted by security commentator Ryan Naraine on Twitter, Microsoft's March Patch Tuesday bulletins explicitly said none of the Shadow affected vulnerabilities were being actively exploited, a claim company officials surely knew was false had the flaws been disclosed either by the NSA or the leakers.