According to a report by the New York Times, a group known as the Shadow Brokers released a trove of documents on Friday that reportedly contained information on classified National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tools, as well as evidence that the NSA had hacked into and manipulated the core of the Middle Eastern banking infrastructure.
The leaks specifically showed that the NSA had hacked into a company called Eastnets based in Dubai that, according to the New York Times, manage transactions in an international bank messaging system called Swift. The documents released showed what amounted to a roadmap which defined exactly how the NSA was able to hack into the messaging program.
This, of course, would not be the first time that the National Security Agency has hacked into foreign infrastructure, nonetheless targeted middle eastern banks, and programs. Security experts have in the past linked a number of viruses found on foreign networks to those of the NSA or Central Intelligence Agency.
“The documents were dated and denied that any customer data had been affected,” EastNets told the Associated Press on Friday.
“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 customer’s data with the highest levels of protection from its SWIFT certified Service bureau,” Founder and CEO Hazem Mulhim said in a statement released Friday.