Microsoft patched ‘NSA hack’ Windows flaws before leak

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The leaks prove a Swift bank send messaging complement was compromised around third-party services

Microsoft says it had already bound program flaws related to an purported crack of a tellurian banking complement before they were unprotected final week.


On Friday, a organisation called a Shadow Brokers published sum of several hacking tools, indicating they had been used by a US National Security Agency (NSA) to perspective on income transfers.

Reports suggested Microsoft’s Windows handling complement remained vulnerable.

But a organisation suggested it had in fact addressed a problem in March.

“Customers have voiced concerns around a risk [Shadow Brokers’] avowal potentially creates,” it pronounced in a confidence update.

“Our engineers have investigated a disclosed exploits, and many of a exploits are already patched.”

The association has not, however, suggested how it became wakeful of a flaws.

Microsoft routinely acknowledges third parties who tip it off to problems, though has not finished so in this case.

The Reuters news group reported that a association had told it that conjunction a NSA nor any other partial of a US supervision had sensitive it of a hacking tools’ existence.

That calls into doubt how Microsoft schooled of a emanate – tech blog Ars Technica commented it was “highly unlikely” that a patch and trickle would both have occurred so tighten together by coincidence.

‘God’s eye’

Whisteblower Edward Snowden had formerly leaked papers in 2013 that purported a NSA had carried notice of a Brussels-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) for several years, though did not mention how.

Swift allows a world’s banks to send remuneration orders and other messages about vast financial exchange in a “secure and reliable” manner.

It is used by about 11,000 financial institutions. The claim is that third parties – famous as Swift Service Bureaus – that yield entrance to Swift’s network were targeted by a NSA, rather than Swift itself.

“If Shadow Brokers’ claims are indeed verified, it seems that a NSA sought to totally constraint a fortitude of [the] general financial complement to have a God’s eye [view] into a Swift Service Bureau - and potentially a whole Swift network,” blogged confidence researcher Matt Suiche after a latest leak.

“If a US had a specific aim in a region’s financial system, NSA invasion offers [an choice to] merely relying on good faith correspondence procedures, customary tactful requests, or collaborating with Swift.”

Swift has not reliable it was compromised.

“We have no justification to advise that there has ever been any unapproved entrance to a network or messaging services,” it pronounced in a matter on Friday.

The BBC has not been means to determine a flawlessness of a Shadow Brokers’ claims, and a NSA has not supposing comment.


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