Wikileaks founder Julian Assange continues his war with various intelligence agencies in the U.S. along with the U.S. government itself. After releasing information on various hacking tools the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) uses, Assange said he will give various technology firms “exclusive access” to further details first.
According to Assange, this is so they can start keeping people from getting further hacked by the CIA.
“We have decided to work with them to give them some exclusive access to the addition technical details that we have so that the fixes can be developed and pushed out, so people can be secure,” explained Assange in a statement during a live press conference on Facebook.
On Tuesday, Assange’s organization released several confidential documents from CIA with the code name “Vault 7.” The full part of this series is known as “Year Zero.” It is made up of 8,761 documents and file that came from CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia. It is said to contain more than “several hundred million lines of code.”
CIA’s hacking tools for iPhone, Android and smart TV’s revealed.
With “Year Zero,” the public can reportedly get more information regarding CIA’s global hacking program. Some documents pertain to malware developed by the CIA that allows them to target iPhone, Android and smart TV’s. The documents also allege that the CIA can turn on microphones inside the Samsung smart TV’s and listen to a conversation. It also utilizes a ‘Fake-Off’ mode. It makes the owner believe the TV is off when in fact, it is on and recording. The collected information gets sent to a covert CIA server.
Virus thought to be Chinese or Russian now attributed to the CIA.
The documents also allege that certain CIA malware has also targeted the likes of Windows, Linux and OSx. Meanwhile, internet company Cisco has also been among the targets of CIA malware. U.S. cyber security expert Robert Graham also pointed out in his blog that the malware is very much real. According to him, one anti-virus researcher believes that a virus once believed to be Chinese or Russian can now be attributed to the CIA. “It matches the description perfectly to something in the leak,” Graham said.
Following Wikileaks revelation regarding Vault 7, Dean Boyd, CIA’s director for the Office of Public Affairs released a statement saying, “The American public should be deeply troubled by any Wikileaks dislosure designed to damage the Intelligence Community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries.”
Meanwhile, according to a report from BBC, Microsoft said they had seen Assange’s statement. However, they have not yet been contacted. They also said they would prefer it if Wikileaks or CIA would reach out to them via email. On the other hand, both Google and Apple have said they are already developing countermeasures.
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