WikiLeaks releases documents it says show Central Intelligence Agency hacking methods

Mar 10, 2017, 00:46
WikiLeaks releases documents it says show Central Intelligence Agency hacking methods

Tuesday's leak of more than 8,000 documents touched off an worldwide uproar, as some of the spy agency's most closely guarded cyber tools were allegedly revealed to the world. Apple said in a statement on Wednesday that "many" of the iOS exploits described in the release had already been patched, noting that it would "continue to work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities".

"And there are questions as to how useful this collaboration will be considering that U.S. intelligence officials say much of the data and documents published detailed techniques that are over two years old, a lot of the software has already been outdated and those flaws have been fixed". The WikiLieaks documents describe ways to get information in those apps on Android devices but only after gaining full control of those phones. Wikileaks published confidential documents on all those programs. This is the first part of the "Vault 7" series of leaks, and is being called "Year Zero". The app makers also advice consumers to not use rooted or jailbroken devices, and install various security software required to keep malware at bay. One appeared to show a list of Apple iOS security flaws purchased by United States intelligence agencies so they could gain access to those devices. "Our analysis is ongoing". The data also included digital espionage techniques used by other countries including Russian Federation. In the meantime, without more information, the company says "the scope of action that can be taken by Cisco is limited". It appears they had vast methods for getting around the top security products out there to evade detection including more targeted approaches to EMET and more direct exploits. It is also withholding information on Central Intelligence Agency targets and the machines used to attack them, which the organization claims are scattered throughout Latin America, Europe, and the US. The group also claims that the C.I.A. can break into iPhones, which are thought to be more secure devices than their Android counterparts.

On Tuesday, WikiLeaks published what amounts to the biggest trove of leaked documents in the CIA's history.

"There's no question that there's a fire drill going on right now, " said Jake Williams, a security expert with Augusta, Georgia-based Rendition Infosec.

WikiLeaks said the archive was circulated "among former USA government hackers and contractors", before one of them passed it onto the whistleblowing group - suggesting it was an insider similar to Edward Snowden who handled the documents. "The American public should be deeply troubled by any Wikileaks disclosure created to damage the intelligence community's ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries", CIA spokesman Ryan Tripani said.