A group called TheShadowBrokers says the US National Security Agency hacked the international banking system, and has released documents to prove it.
TheShadowBrokers has leaked what are believed to be NSA documents and tools to demonstrate what the cyber security agency did and how it did it.
The reason the shadowy hacking group claimed it was doing this is because of Donald Trump. The US president has apparently let TheShadowBrokers down by bombing Syria.
“TheShadowBrokers is wanting America to be great again,” says the hacker group in a statement published on Medium.com. The full statement went into all sorts of political issues that the group apparently cares about.
But from a technical point of view, TheRegister.co.uk reports that one of most serious allegations is the revelation that the US government concealed knowledge of a critical weakness in Linux systems – which would be a new development.
And in terms of targets, the NSA has been spying on more or less everyone on Earth, in particular its allies in Western Europe, as well as banks in the Middle East.
The banking systems which are said to have been hacked by NSA include Swift, which stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. Swift provides a network which enables global financial transactions.
However, the company at the centre of the claim – EastNets – has denied any breach occurred.
EastNets is a Dubai-based Swift service provider which links approximately 260 banks to the Swift network, and is said to use the Microsoft Windows platform, which is believed to contain exploits the NSA is familiar with.
But as reported on Computing.co.uk, EastNets says TheShadowBrokers’ claims are “totally false and unfounded”.
Hazem Mulhim, CEO and founder EastNets, says: “While we cannot ascertain the information that has been published, we can confirm that no EastNets customer data has been compromised in any way.
“EastNets continues to guarantee the complete safety and security of its customers data with the highest levels of protection from its Swift-certified service bureau.”
And in a separate statement, given to Reuters, Swift says: “We have no evidence to suggest that there has ever been any unauthorized access to our network or messaging services.”