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Microsoft says they've patched NSA's hacking tools targeting devices running Windows

Customers Windows 7 and more recent versions of Windows or Exchange 2010 and newer versions of Exchange are not at risk. (Source: ZDNet)
Customers Windows 7 and more recent versions of Windows or Exchange 2010 and newer versions of Exchange are not at risk. (Source: ZDNet)
Microsoft engineers have examined the exploits released by the Shadow Brokers and have released patches to address the issue. The good news is that most of these vulnerabilities were patched in March.

Microsoft verified that they have patched their software to prevent access using NSA’s hacking tools, saying that they “investigated and confirmed that the exploits disclosed by the Shadow Brokers have already been addressed by previous updates to our supported products.”

The Shadow Brokers are a hacker group who released tools to target Windows PCs and servers on Friday. They also released files that explain how the NSA conducts surveillance, including tools that targeting the SWIFT banking system.

As of March, nine of twelve known exploits had been patched, and the three others were said to not require patches as they posed no threat to customers running Windows 7 and more recent versions of Windows. Strangely, Microsoft did not disclose the source of the vulnerability report, leading some to think that the NSA may have known about the potential for exploits for some time.

Not that anyone would be too surprised to find out the NSA had backdoors into every computer and smartphone in the country, but the NSA have done a poor job of pretending that that fact is a secret. Last year other hacking tools used by NSA’s Equation Group were stolen, revealing how the NSA collects data on servers at many international banks and gains deep access to various servers.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-04-15 (Update: 2017-04-17)
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.