NSA's powerful hacking tools leaked online

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The newly leaked NSA files suggest that the agency may have hacked into SWIFT's network via service bureaus, which are firms that provide smaller clients with access points to the SWIFT system.

Swift was successfully targeted by hackers past year when criminals stole $81m from the Bangladeshi central bank. According to one security researcher the site spoke with, the dump also includes step-by-step instruction on what commands to run and how to use the tools.

Cris Thomas, a security researcher with Tenable, said analysis of the leaked files suggested the U.S. government had the capability "to monitor, if not disrupt, financial transactions to terrorist groups".

The attacks and new hacking tactics underscore the continuing vulnerability of the SWIFT messaging network, which handles trillions of dollars in fund transfers daily. Belgium-based SWIFT said Friday that it had no evidence that the main SWIFT network had been accessed. A little while ago, Sam Biddle, a reporter for the Intercept, tweeted, "Wow: Microsoft just told me NO ONE from NSA (or anywhere in the government) has contacted them yet re: Shadow Brokers". This is a Dubai-based anti-money laundering company that is working with SWIFT, the financial banking network.

The documents released by the Shadow Brokers on Friday indicate that the NSA may have accessed the SWIFT network through service bureaus.

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The group Friday appeared to release tools created to target Windows PCs and servers, along with presentations and files purporting to detail the agency's methods of carrying out clandestine surveillance.

Last week, the Shadow Brokers protested Donald Trump's involvement in Syria when they released a password that unlocked a trove of NSA exploits.

"That's information you can only get if you compromise the system", he said.

Hackers have been targeting SWIFT, the Society for the Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication co-operative, which eases global transactions.

Another prominent security researcher, Cris Thomas, said the NSA hack was carried out "presumably as a way to monitor, if not disrupt, financial transactions to terrorist groups". It is how banking institutions transfer and send money between each other. EastNets has, however, denied that its servers were hacked.

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"We can confirm that no EastNets customer data has been compromised in any way".

The hack, if verified, could be the biggest ever exposed after exposure of NSA files by Edward Snowden in 2013.

He said other documents in the release suggested an even wider effort to monitor the world's transactions.

As it happened in the middle of previous year, the well-known group of hackers Shadow Brokers are carrying out a series of operations since the last few days.

"Maybe if all surviving WWIII, theshadowbrokers be seeing you next week", Friday's post read.

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

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