WikiLeaks releases “entire hacking capacity of CIA”
WikiLeaks, on Tuesday, released a document that is said to be the full hacking capacity of the Central Intelligence Agency. It is the largest disclosure that the anti-secrecy website has ever made about the Central Intelligence Agency. The 8000 plus pages contain shocking revelations regarding how far the intelligence agency went to gather information.
Labelled as “Vault 7 Part 1”, and titled “Year Zero”, the 8761 documents and files were obtained from a high security isolated network from CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Va. The documents recently went around amongst US government hackers and contractors, one of whom made the upload to WikiLeaks.
“We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents,” a CIA spokesperson told Fox News.
Multiple Programs targeting Consumer Devices
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 7, 2017
The documents contained classified details about how CIA develops in-house malware to infect consumer devices for information. These includes Android and iPhone devices, smart TVs, and devices running Microsoft, Mac and Linux operating systems. CIA is also specially interested in Apple products and an entire unit in CIA is tasked with developing ways to breach security of Apple devices and gather data, according to WikiLeaks.
Eavesdropping using Consumer Electronics
CIA, according to the documents, have hacking programs that can turn common electronic devices into recording and transmitting station. This can be used to spy on targets and the information will be sent back to CIA servers.
CIA was even trying to “infect” vehicle control systems implemented in trucks and cars for unknown reasons. The release stated “It would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”
One such former leaker, Edward Snowden, tweeted Tuesday afternoon about the WikiLeaks release.
“Still working through the publication, but what @Wikileaks has here is genuinely a big deal. Looks authentic,” wrote Snowden, who has been granted asylum in Russia as he seeks to avoid criminal prosecution in the U.S.
PSA: This incorrectly implies CIA hacked these apps / encryption. But the docs show iOS/Android are what got hacked – a much bigger problem. https://t.co/Bw9AkBpOdt
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 7, 2017