16 stories
today

NSA’s chest of Windows exploits leaked, affects Windows 2000 to 8 and more

Shadow Brokers, a hacking group, has released a treasure trove of zero-day exploits used by the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA). Amongst these exploits, which include a potential breach of the Swift banking system, is exploits for many of Microsoft’s previous operating systems, both consumer and server editions.

The operating systems affected include:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

Additionally and more importantly to businesses, the following Windows server editions are affected:

  • Windows Server 2000
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012

So far, Windows 10 has not been discovered as having any zero-day exploits in this latest leak, however, that’s not to say the NSA doesn’t have other caches of tools.

The BBC questioned Microsoft over the exploits discovered in this leak and gave the following statement, saying that they are “reviewing the report and will take the necessary actions to protect our customers”.

Further reading: , , ,

Do you think Microsoft should release updates to previous versions of Windows to patch these exploits?