Hackers announces NSA’s powerful Windows hacking tool
Hackers announces NSA’s powerful Windows hacking tool .The Shadow Brokers, a hacking group, who previously stole and leaked a portion of the NSA hacking tools has just released a collection of spy tools that is allegedly used by the National Security Agency online.
On Friday, the group published the exploits that were designed to target vulnerabilities in Windows computers and servers, along with the files and other important documents that contain the details the way agency used to carry out clandestine surveillance.
According to the reports, the Windows hacking tools were used by the NSA to target several banks, including the SWIFT banking system.
On Friday, Microsoft said that they have patched the exploits in previous updates. Windows users are notified and advised to update their software and upgrade to Windows 7 or a newer version.
Matthew Hickey, founder of security firm Hacker House said “This is quite possibly the most damaging thing I’ve seen in the last several years, this puts a powerful nation-state-level attack tool in the hands of anyone who wants to download it to start targeting servers.”
It appears that the exploits targeted a variety of Windows servers and Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Hickey said, “The individual consumer is a little less at risk, as these kinds of tools are targeted at enterprise and business environments“.
A Microsoft’s spokesperson stated to CNN Tech that, “We’ve investigated and confirmed that the exploits disclosed by the Shadow Brokers have already been addressed by previous updates to our supported products. Customers with up-to-date software are already protected.”
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