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Microsoft says it's patched flaws exposed in leak of NSA hacks

Montez Delgado | 16 Abril, 2017, 18:09

The National Security Agency (NSA) data center is seen after construction was completed in Bluffdale, Utah, U.S., March 24, 2017.

Hackers have released documents and files that cybersecurity experts say indicate the US National Security Agency had accessed the SWIFT interbank messaging system, allowing it to monitor money flows among some Middle Eastern and Latin American banks. Since this is the months Microsoft dumped the Security Bulletins format, you'll need to navigate to Microsoft's new Security Guidance portal and search for the fixes for CVE-2017-0146 and CVE-2017-0147. Under this theory, none of the exploits published Friday worked on supported Microsoft products, so the Shadow Brokers chose to use them in a propaganda campaign. Exploits are small programs for taking advantage of security flaws.

The SWIFT system is used by banks to transfer trillions of dollars each day.

On Friday, the Shadow Brokers released a number of what it said were NSA exploits for many versions of Windows and also details of what were said to be NSA intrusions into the SWIFT banking system.

Reuters could not independently confirm that EastNets had been hacked.

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The NSA could not immediately be reached for comment, but SWIFT said in a statement that the hacking involved only its service bureaus and not its own network.

Swift said that it had no evidence that its main network had ever been accessed without authorisation, Reuters reported on Friday.

It was possible that the local messaging systems of some SWIFT client banks had been breached, SWIFT said in a statement, which did not specifically mention the NSA.

Since the early 1990s, interrupting the flow of money from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere to al-Qaida, the Taliban, and other militant Islamic groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries has been a major objective of USA and allied intelligence agencies.

He added that NSA "completely hacked" EastNets, one of two SWIFT service bureaus named in the documents that were released by the Shadow Brokers. This is not the first time the Shadow Brokers have targeted the NSA. ASA stands for Adaptive Security Appliance and is a combined firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention and virtual private network, or VPN.

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The exploits, published by the Shadow Brokers on Friday, contain vulnerabilities in Windows computers and servers.

Windows users should make sure their software is up-to-date. That means that some of the most sensitive and mission-critical networks may still be vulnerable to the four exploits, which are known as EternalBlue, EternalChampion, EternalSynergy, and EternalRomance.

It appears that though most of the exploits target older Windows versions, dating back as early as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, but many supported versions are still on the list, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Microsoft declined to say how it learned of the exploits without outside help.

The company also said it verified the exploits and discovered that nine were already been addressed by previously issued patches.

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However EastNets, which is based in Dubai, denied it had been hacked in a statement, and said the assertion was "totally false and unfounded". The U.S. intelligence agency then used lines of code to query the SWIFT servers and Oracle databases handling the SWIFT transactions, according to the documents.

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