NSA's powerful hacking tools leaked online

Experts say they are damaging.

The document dump - which is mostly lines of computer code - amounts to an emergency for Microsoft because the hacks consist of a variety of "zero-day exploits" that can serve to infiltrate Windows machines for purposes of espionage, vandalism, or document theft.

Matthew Hickey, a researcher at the U.K's Hacker House security firm, said it is "by far the most powerful cache of exploits ever released".

"Most of the exploits are already patched", Misner said.

Three of the exploits found in the leak have not been patched but do not work on platforms that Microsoft now supports, such as Window 7 or later and Exchange 2010 or later. "Nation-state attack tools are now in the hands of anyone who cares to download them...it's literally a cyberweapon for hacking into computers...people will be using these attacks for years to come".

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According to ZDNet and Hacker Fantastic on Twitter, the tools and exploits affect Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, as well as their server-side variants like Server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012.

And now, even though Redmond has confirmed that it has patched all exploits, they're looking closely at four of the exploits which were patched just last month - through its monthly update cycle.

The "Shadow Brokers" is a group of anonymous hackers that published hacking tools used by the NSA past year.

The release of the tools comes after WikiLeaks today published documents about purported Central Intelligence Agency backend malware with a "public-facing HTTPS interface". The group complained about the lack of media coverage of its release last Saturday.

"It's an absolute disaster", Hickey said in an email to the AP.

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Fairfax was not able to verify the authenticity of the files - and the NSA has not commented on the leak.

"Customers still running prior versions of these products are encouraged to upgrade to a supported offering", the company said. Talos is aware of this new information disclosure and has responded to ensure our customers are protected from these threats.

While EastNets vehemently denied it was breached just hours after the dump, Microsoft took a more proper approach and said it was reviewing and testing the exploits.

The U.S. National Security Agency, arguably the world's best-financed spy agency, reportedly compromised the global banking system by hacking into the firm that oversees payments for dozens of banks and other firms. The leaked documents contain notes about passwords, configuration data and networks.

The released may also cause substantial diplomatic fallout, as the US government's access to SWIFT has always been controversial. The EastNets Network internal Security Unit has ran a complete check of its servers and found no hacker compromise or any vulnerabilities.

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