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18 April 2017 - Swift and EastNets deny hacker claims
EastNets
Source - https://www.finextra.com/newsarticle/30437/swift-and-eastnets-deny-hacker-claims-that-nsa-infiltrated-back-door-to-spy-on-mid-east-banks?utm_medium=dailynewsletter&utm_source=2017-4-19
Where - Belgium
Business line - Financial Infrastructure Provision

Swift and EastNets have denied reports their networks were compromised by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Hacking group Shadow Brokers alleged in a blog post that the NSA used a backdoor in the system to plant spyware and get access to traffic data from a number of Middle East banks.

Shadow Brokers also posted details of hacking tools it alleges were used by the NSA to gain access into various Microsoft systems and to infiltrate a Swift Service Bureau run by EastNets.

In a statement, EastNets said there was no credibility to the claims. “The reports of an alleged hacker-compromised EastNets Service Bureau (ENSB) network is totally false and unfounded. The EastNets Network internal Security Unit has run a complete check of its servers and found no hacker compromise or any vulnerabilities,” it said.

“The EastNets Service Bureau runs on a separate secure network that cannot be accessed over the public networks. The photos shown on twitter, claiming compromised information, is about pages that are outdated and obsolete, generated on a low-level internal server that is retired since 2013.”

Swift has also published a statement in response to the claims, saying it has “no indication to suggest that our network or core messaging services have been compromised.”

It added, “The exploits do not target SWIFT’s infrastructure or data. The allegations suggest that the attackers wanted to gain unauthorised access to data at two service bureaux. Again we can confirm that there is no impact on SWIFT’s infrastructure or data, and we have no evidence to suggest that there has been any unauthorised access to SWIFT’s network or messaging services.”