NSA-leaking The Shadow Brokers published exploits targeting most versions of Windows

The Shadow Brokers—the mysterious person or group that over the past eight months has leaked a gigabyte worth of the National Security Agency's weaponized software exploits—just published its most significant release yet. Friday's dump contains potent exploits and hacking tools that target most versions of Microsoft Windows and evidence of sophisticated hacks on the SWIFT banking system of several banks across the world.

The good news for businesses and organizations is that if they are following best practices they are likely safe from external attacks using these exploits. And it appears that devices upgraded to Windows 10 should be safe (from these anyway).

The bad news, of course, is that many businesses - and individuals - don't follow best practices. And many are using older versions of Windows.

As one expert points out:

Normally, dumping these kinds of documents on a Friday would reduce their impact by limiting the news cycle. But Friday is the perfect day to dump tools if your goal is to cause maximum chaos; all the script kiddies are active over the weekend, while far too many defenders are offline and enjoying the Easter holiday. I’m only being somewhat glib in suggesting that the best security measure for a Windows computer might be to just turn it off for a few days.

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