Back in August, the group released a large number of stolen tools purportedly hacked from "the Equation Group", which is near-unanimously believed to be the NSA. Banks in Bangladesh and Ramallah, Palestine were targeted, he indicated, regarding the released materials.
They "suggest the NSA was targeting the SWIFT banking system of several banks around the world". Swift service bureaus are companies that provide an access point to the Swift system for the network's smaller clients and may send or receive messages regarding money transfers on their behalf.
The documents appear to show that the NSA compromised the Dubai office of the anti-money laundering and financial services firm EastNets. They did admit, however, that it was possible that the local networking systems of some individual SWIFT users may have been breached.
The "auction" file materials were underwhelming, but today those wiley and sarcastic (and probably Russian) hackers dumped the really wonderful stuff: operational notes from the NSA's active targeting of banks in the Middle East and the NSA's collection of Microsoft Windows exploitation tools. He said he concluded that the NSA took advantage and got in that way. Hickey demonstrated in a video that one of the exploits in the leak can easily trigger remote code execution in a machine running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. "One collection of 15 exploits contains at least four Windows hacks that researches have already been able to replicate", the experts said.
The company, which acts as a "service bureau" connecting customers to the financial world's electronic backbone, SWIFT, said the ShadowBrokers documents referred to a "low-level internal server" that had since been retired and that a "complete check" of its systems had turned up no evidence of any compromise.
"While we cannot ascertain the information that has been published, we can confirm that no EastNets customer data has been compromised in any way", said Hazem Mulhim, CEO of EastNets in a statement.
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Former CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden described the NSA's hack as the "Mother Of All Exploits", in reference to the massive USA bomb dropped last week on Afghanistan.
FILE - Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, center, speaks via video conference to people in the Johns Hopkins University auditorium in Baltimore, Feb. 17, 2016.
As it happened in the middle of past year, the well-known group of hackers Shadow Brokers are carrying out a series of operations since the last few days.
Some of the documents released by the Shadow Brokers were dated 2013, but others were not dated.
Microsoft says it has already patched the Windows exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group.
Since Microsoft no longer issues patches for operating systems prior to Windows 7, some of the hacking tools will forever work on out-of-date computers, including those that run Windows Vista, Windows XP and other versions.