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NSA 'has hacked Putin and Iran's websites'



  • Newly leaked documents suggest  the NSA was monitoring world leaders
  • Internet service providers and Russia's Federal Nuclear Center were also hit 
  • Earlier leaks showed the NSA was monitoring suspicious financial transactions
  • The Shadow Brokers claim their evidence proves the NSA was spying

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 10:31 BST, 19 April 2017 | Updated: 12:51 BST, 19 April 2017

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A group of cyber hackers has released details claiming to show the National Surveillance Agency had been monitoring presidential websites in Iran and Russia. 

Data released by the Shadow Brokers claimed the Russian Federal Nuclear Center's website was also compromised by the NSA. 

The Shadow Brokers released a cache of documents, some of which carried the NSA's logo, although the security organization refused to confirm whether they were genuine.

A group of cyber hackers has accused the National Surveillance Agency of targeting websites belonging to the presidents of Iran and Russia as well as a Russian nuclear operator 
A group of cyber hackers has accused the National Surveillance Agency of targeting websites belonging to the presidents of Iran and Russia as well as a Russian nuclear operator 

A group of cyber hackers has accused the National Surveillance Agency of targeting websites belonging to the presidents of Iran and Russia as well as a Russian nuclear operator 

According to Cyberscoop, a former intelligence officer said: 'The fact this is in there the way it is means these targets were definitely owned. It means a successful op, plain and simple.'

The NSA hacks included Russian internet service providers and even the office of the president for the Russian federation.

This follows revelations the the NSA were monitoring the SWIFT global bank messaging system. 

A spokesman for SWIFT said: 'Customers should pay close attention (to) their own security and take security into consideration when selecting a service bureau and working with other third-party providers.

The National Security Agency was earlier accused of monitoring international money transfers
The National Security Agency was earlier accused of monitoring international money transfers

The National Security Agency was earlier accused of monitoring international money transfers

The Shadow Brokers last released files that suggest the NSA sought to monitor messaging traffic by hacking into the networks of two firms in the Middle East and Latin America known as service bureaus, which help clients access SWIFT.

The NSA has not responded to requests for comment on the Shadow Brokers' release but the data dumped by the group prompted bank security teams to work over the Easter weekend to learn more about hacking operations described in the documents and better understand attack code released with the file dump. 

John Carlson, of the Financial Services and Information Sharing Analysis Center said: 'We are still trying to get a full understanding as to whether this information is all accurate.

'There are a lot of allegations included in the material. It is an ongoing process to understand if this information is all real.'  

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