Users are protected from alleged NSA malware, says Microsoft

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The NSA's official seal appeared on one of the slides in the presentation, although Reuters could not independently determine the authenticity of the slides.

The leaked archive also contains the NSA's equivalent of the Metasploit hacking toolkit: FUZZBUNCH.

Shook warned that the code could be used in operations similar to last year's theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank.

Several of the files we've seen appear to be "top secret" in classification, such as JeepfleaMarket, which appears to utilize the Jeepflea program to collect data on servers at least nine worldwide banks.

"They may have been used to target a global banking system".

"I'll bet it's not the only SWIFT service bureau that's been compromised", he said.

Swift, which is headquartered in Belgium, said: "We have no evidence to suggest that there has ever been any unauthorised access to our network or messaging services".

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Via that entry point, the agency appears to have monitored transactions involving several banks and financial institutions in Kuwait, Dubai, Bahrain, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Yemen and Qatar.

The US National Security Agency has compromised users of a major worldwide money-transfer system used by some financial institutions and banks in the Middle East and Latin America, a group of hackers says.

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.

On Friday, a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers released documents and files indicating NSA had accessed the SWIFT money-transfer system through service providers in the Middle East and Latin America.

In blog posts and on Twitter, the security community seemed blown away at the reach and power of the tools released by the Shadow Brokers. He said he concluded that the NSA took advantage and got in that way. One such researcher, Matthew Hickey (known as "Hacker Fantastic") later noted that his tests were run on a fresh install of Windows - in other words, it was missing March's patches - which as a result he later discounted. The spying tools include about 20 exploits created to hack into old versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2008.

"The reports of an alleged hacker-compromised EastNets Service Bureau network is totally false and unfounded".

EastNets on Friday denied it had been hacked.

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"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.

The agency monitored the system to spot payments meant to finance crimes, according to the documents released by Snowden.

Former NSA intelligence contractor Edward Snowden talks to a security conference via a video link from Russian Federation.

Shadow Brokers first surfaced a year ago offering for sale a suite of hacking tools from the NSA.

"Maybe if all surviving WWIII, The Shadow Brokers be seeing you next week".

Coverage for the exploits and tools disclosed by the Shadow Brokers is available through Cisco's security products, services, and open source technologies.

In fact, in previous hours they re-published a new collection of exploits that directly affected some of the versions of Microsoft's operating system, Windows.

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