WikiLeaks' CIA document dump shows agency can compromise Android, TVs

Posted March 09, 2017

Although, the source could also be the person/people who have provided Wikileaks with these documents.

Because it reveals that the CIA has massive hacking capabilities that rival the National Security Agency.

Last year, Snowden suggested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation could crack any iPhone without Apple and the latest WikiLeaks revelations give this some credence.

If the leaked documents are verified, it could have major security implications for Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and all other tech companies.

Inside CIA, the tools for digital surveillance are designed and made by "EDG (Engineering Development Group), a software development group within CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence), a department belonging to the CIA's DDI (Directorate for Digital Innovation)". "While we are aware of the imperfect results of any approach chosen, we remain committed to our publishing model and note that the quantity of published pages already eclipses the total number of pages published over the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks".

They contain exploits for both iOS and Android devices, with notable success with the latter, using 24 weaponised exploits compared with 14 for iOS. Contractors are vetted like government employees, and often are former government workers or military veterans. WikiLeaks has also been accused of aiding covert Russian intelligence efforts to undermine the latest USA presidential election, and came under fire recently for publishing documents without first redacting sensitive information that critics argue is not pertinent to the broader privacy and civil liberties issues at stake.

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Like something from the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, it appears that your TV is indeed spying on you on behalf of Big Brother.

Wikileaks said in its press release that Year Zero introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of zero-day weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are apparently turned into covert microphones.

The trove was circulated among USA government contractors, WikiLeaks said, one of whom provided it to the organization.

The alleged program, called "Weeping Angel", is said to have been developed in partnership with MI5, the British spy agency, and records using the device's microphone when it is seemingly switched off.

Wikileaks said the covert hacking program taps into Google's Android, Apple's iPhone and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which can be turned into covert microphones.

Assange explained that the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency lost control of the materials is the reason WikiLeaks was able to obtain the information.