Microsoft says users are protected from alleged NSA malware

Microsoft said on Friday that, "other than reporters, no individual or organization has contacted us in relation to the materials released by Shadow Brokers".

Security researchers spent most of the day trying to figure out how the various exploits worked by testing the exploits in various virtual machines in their respective labs.

Experts have been reviewing the latest Shadow Brokers release and one of the more risky findings is evidence of exploiting the SWIFT banking transaction system.

Such a hack could have enabled the United States to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers said. Consequently, their flaws won't get patched, Suiche noted.

ESTEEMAUDIT, a remote RDP exploit targeting Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP to install hidden spyware.

"This means that security vulnerabilities found on those systems will never be corrected", Suiche wrote.

However EastNets, which is based in Dubai, denied it had been hacked in a statement, and said the assertion was "totally false and unfounded". "The photos shown on twitter, claiming compromised information, is about pages that are outdated and obsolete, generated on a low-level internal server that is retired since 2013".

Beaumont said there was bad news in the release for Microsoft as well, explaining that the malicious code published Friday appeared to exploit previously undiscovered weaknesses in older versions of its Windows operating system - the mark of a sophisticated actor and a potential worry for many Windows users. Since, by their own admission, the hacker group has not been paid by anyone to "shutup [sic] and going [sic] away", they have released another cache of tools, this time targeted at Windows systems.

The Shadow Brokers has been posting hacking tools to the GitHub repository in an online auction over the previous year, according to Wikipedia's account. And, if the response of the security community is any indication, America's most famous whistleblower has reason to be alarmed.

The NSA could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a statement, EastNets said there was "no credibility" to the allegation that its customers' details had been stolen. Until January, the group regularly posted source code paired with letters written in broken English offering to auction or sell the remaining archive of tools.

Friday's high-profile leak was the latest disclosure from a mysterious group known as the Shadow Brokers.

"The Shadow Brokers rather being getting drunk with McAfee on desert island with hot babes". Maybe if all suviving WWIII theshadowbrokers be seeing you next week. We asked Microsoft if the NSA at any point offered to provide information that would help protect Windows users from these attacks, given that the leak has been threatened since August 2016, to which they replied "our focus at this time is reviewing the current report".

A second possibility is that Microsoft paid Shadow Brokers for the vulnerabilities and didn't make that purchase public.

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