8 months ago
A hacker group dubbing itself Shadow Brokers, allegedly affiliated with Russia, has dumped online data from a hack of the NSA that could bring new tension to relations between the government agency and both Silicon Valley and Europe.
While the data has not been authenticated, it suggests that the NSA has been monitoring international banking through SWIFT to track global money transfers. (The U.S. is allowed to do some surveillance, but only under limited circumstances.)
Additionally, the NSA reportedly discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft software—it is unknown whether they reported them to Microsoft or chose to preserve the loopholes as long as possible.