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WikiLeaks Releases Alleged CIA Hacking Secrets

Vault 7 CIA Hacking Tools Revealed Vault 7 CIA Hacking Tools Revealed
Lucas Bell | 10 March, 2017, 00:49

Wikileaks published 8,761 documents and files which they claim are from the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia. Wikileaks has released a series of documents on the CIA that specify how the spy agency has been snooping on our private data using our smart home devices.

According to The Washington Post, the latest revelations about US government's powerful hacking tools suggest that a variety of everyday devices can be turned to spy on their owners.

He added that WikiLeaks wants to disarm the CIA's "key attack code" before publishing more material.

Mr Assange was speaking two days after his anti-secrecy website published almost 9,000 documents purporting to show the Central Intelligence Agency has been using smart TVs and other electronic devices to snoop on targets. They just aren't sure exactly what was taking place at those addresses. Some of the material was redacted by WikiLeaks to avoid releasing the actual computer code used in the programs. Wikileaks has said the documents came from a contractor or former USA government employee who was concerned about "whether the CIA's hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers".

"Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency", the statement said, noting the leaks detailed "the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program". The organisation explicitly targeted the devices running on Apple's iOS given its popularity in political and elite class. Devices running on Google's Android faced a similar number of attacks and include devices by Samsung, HTC and Sony, given that 85% of the world's smartphones run on it.

"We have chose to work with them", Assange said during an online press conference on Thursday.

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United States intelligence agencies believe the emails were hacked by Russian Federation as part of a coordinated influence campaign to discredit Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help President Donald Trump, a Republican, win.

WikiLeaks has not released the actual hacking tools themselves, some of which were developed by government hackers while others were purchased from outsiders.

One of the greatest focus areas of the hacking tools was getting access to both Apple and Android phones and tablets using "zero-day" exploits.

WikiLeaks will allow tech companies exclusive access to the CIA's hacking techniques so they can prevent the agency getting at their data.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump has "grave concern" about the release of classified material and believes Central Intelligence Agency systems are outdated.

The FBI is now frantically hunting for the "mole" who disclosed the information to WikiLeaks, which has said more revelations are coming.

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