Microsoft Confirms NSA Hacking Loophole Patched In Windows
On Saturday morning, the PC security industry awoke to news of new NSA hacking loopholes. The data dumped came from a group of hackers known as “Shadow Brokers.” In the data dump, there were a handful of Windows’ exploits released along with details on how these tools were created and stolen. All the tools and exploits were a part of the NSA’s ongoing attempt to hack and exploit consumer PCs. The news rocked the PC industry, with everyone alarmed how these tools were released to anyone on the internet. Anyone with a little knowledge could use the tools for illegal hacking.
Microsoft heard the outcry from consumers, PC security analysis, and privacy advocates warning about the implications. In a statement on their blog, Microsoft clarified the exploits from “Shadow Brokers” have already been patched. The security patch includes not only Windows 10 but other versions of Windows still receiving security updates. This doesn’t mean much for users still on Windows XP or Vista, which don’t receive active security updates anymore.
Microsoft patched the NSA hacking loophole years ago
In Microsoft’s blog post, the companies not only clarified the security exploits were patched. They also stated the hacking tools from “Shadow Brokers” is several years old. It’s unclear how Microsoft discovered and then patched these holes. It’s likely an independent security research firm tipped Microsoft off to these holes, which they promptly patched and never looked back.
What is important to note is how MS17-010 patch broke Microsoft’s long stand pattern of acknowledging who tipped the company of the security holes. This could mean the NSA or individuals from inside a government agency tipped the company off.
Tell us in the comments below your thoughts on the news! Do you think it’s odd a hacking group is releasing this information now, and that Microsoft had patched this security hole years ago?