Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WikiLeaks Just Dumped a Mega-Trove of CIA Hacking Secrets

ON TUESDAY MORNING, WikiLeaks published a data trove that appears to contain extensive documentation of secret Central Intelligence Agency spying operations and hacking tools. Codenamed “Vault 7,” the file contains 8,761 documents, and WikiLeaks claims that it represents “the majority of [the CIA] hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized ‘zero day’ exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation.”

Initial expert reactions are that the data seems legitimate and will create deep problems for the CIA on many fronts. The leak has the potential both to undermine the organization’s ability to carry out offensive intelligence gathering and to damage its international public perception. The leak exposes CIA capabilities and tools like unpatched iOS and Android vulnerabilities, strategies for compromising end-to-end encrypted chats (though not undermining the encryption itself), bugs in Windows, and even the ability to turn Samsung smart TVs into listening devices.


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