SWIFT told reporters it has not seen unauthorized access on its networks, and East Nets said the same.(This story has been updated.)See Also: Effective Cyber Threat Hunting Requires an Actor and Incident Centric Approach A former National Security Agency contractor accused of pilfering mass quantities of highly classified information will remain in jail until his trial. Authorities arrested Martin, an unassuming contractor for consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton and a Ph. Boardman, argued in their response that he is neither a potential danger nor a flight risk. 20 that added further detail to their allegations against Martin, who is accused of one of the largest-ever breaches of classified material.Although the intelligence community has taken steps to enact better controls around classified information after the leaks of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Martin "was able to defeat expensive controls intended to protect the removal of top-secret information." That casts doubt on those controls, although security experts often say insiders are the hardest adversaries to defend against."The case of Harold Martin also made clear that security measures at NSA, and other U. agencies, were not as strict and tight as outsiders would have expected.
Investigators have not, however, found evidence that he leaked or sold the tools to the Shadow Brokers, it reported.The Windows hacking tools may have been used to target the SWIFT financial security system, specifically an anti-money laundering financial institution called East Nets. government has long been able to access financial data through SWIFT as part of an anti-terrorism effort.The leaked documents contain notes about passwords, configuration data and networks. However, according to security researcher Nicholas Weaver of the International Computer Science Institute, the methods in the documents show the NSA was going beyond its "official access." "Whenever the NSA is caught going in the backdoor when they already had front-door access (such as the backdoor monitoring of Google and Yahoo's internal communication revealed in the Snowden documents), it not only closes the backdoor but also results in legal pushback that may limit the front-door access," Weaver told CNNTech in an email.Hickey said the Windows exploits leaked on Friday could be used to conduct espionage and target critical data in Windows-based environments.Consumers using Windows PCs could be at risk, though experts say these kinds of tools are more commonly used to target businesses.