"In this case, if Shadow Brokers claims are indeed verified, it seems that the NSA sought to totally capture the backbone of global financial system to have a God's eye into a SWIFT Service Bureau - and potentially the entire SWIFT network", Suiche wrote.
FILE - An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland.
The "auction" file materials were underwhelming, but today those wiley and sarcastic (and probably Russian) hackers dumped the really incredible 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. Our engineers have investigated the disclosed exploits, and most of the exploits are already patched. Curiously, despite the detailed information released, EastNets put out a statement claiming its systems are secure. These tools, allowed NSA analysts to break into a range of systems, network equipment, and firewalls, and most recently tools to target the Linux operating system - many of which were old and outdated.
Researchers who spent Friday sifting through TheShadowBrokers' code previously said that the tools exploited undisclosed vulnerabilities, a potentially serious development that anxious the security community.
The files were released by Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that has previously leaked malware. The NSA is now facing criticism for not sharing details of the exploits with Microsoft once it became clear the tools were in the hands of a hacking group.
Friday's release, containing Windows hacking tools and evidence the NSA may have hacked a slew of banks in the Middle East, once again offered the tools for sale, suggesting the federal government pay them to stop leaking.
"I'll bet it's not the only SWIFT service bureau that's been compromised", he said.
Reuters could not independently confirm that EastNets had been hacked.
At the same time, experts have also stated that a number of the tools leaked by the Shadow Brokers were "irreplaceable" and their exposure significantly harmed the NSA's hacking capabilities.
WikiLeaks, which provides leaked materials to journalists, is perhaps best known for its release of a video showing a US military helicopter gunning down civilians in Iraq.
If genuine, it represents perhaps the most significant exposure of NSA files since the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013. Microsoft Security Response Center, naturally, recommends that users keep their machines up to date to ensure that they're protected.
ETERNALROMANCE, a remote SMB1 network file server exploit targeting Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008, and Server 2008 R2.