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Cisco Coverage for Shadow Brokers 2017-04-14 Information Release

Cisco Coverage for Shadow Brokers 2017-04-14 Information Release

"The EastNets Service Bureau runs on a separate secure network that can not be accessed over the public networks". The software giant was evidently not able to defend itself in time for the latest dumps, as many hackers have already gotten the files to work.

The other big revelation from the Shadow Brokers dump is the claim that the NSA infiltrated the SWIFT banking network through a firm called EastNets in Dubai. Misner said anyone with those older versions should upgrade their systems to avoid the vulnerabilities. Using those, almost anyone with sufficient technical knowledge can hack millions of Microsoft users. Since the Windows 10 launch, some users and privacy advocates have shared concerns about the company sending telemetry data to the USA intelligence agencies. Spreadsheets published by Shadow Brokers appeared to list banks that had been breached with "implants" - secret data-gathering software. Under a White House process established by former President Barack Obama's staff, companies were usually warned about risky flaws.

Shook warned that the code could be used in operations similar to last year's theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank. There are trillions of dollars per day that get transferred through SWIFT, with over 11,000 banks and securities organizations in over 200 countries using SWIFT. "Once validated, engineering teams prioritize fixing the reported issue as soon as possible, taking into consideration the time to fix it across any impacted product or service, as well as versions, the potential threat to customers, and the likelihood of exploitation". "I'm only being somewhat glib in suggesting that the best security measure for a Windows computer might be to just turn it off for a few days", Weaver says.

". customers running Windows 7 and more recent versions of Windows or Exchange 2010 and newer versions of Exchange are not at risk", the company said. SWIFT stated that there was no indication that their main network had been accessed by unauthorized users.

But the organisation said that the local messaging systems of some Swift client banks had been breached. When cyber-thieves robbed Bank of Bangladesh a year ago, they compromised that bank's local Swift network to order money transfers from its account at the New York Federal Reserve.

The document purports to show the infrastructure behind the system, along with another document, which shows that the NSA has deep access to some networks by exploiting VPN and firewall systems. In a message sent to TechCrunch overnight, the company said it has addressed the issue for systems running Windows 7 and later.

"It is very significant as it effectively puts cyber weapons in the hands of anyone who downloads it", Matthew Hickey, a researcher at the UK's Hacker House security firm, told cyber security website Ars Technica.

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