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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Wikileaks Document Drop: CIA Used iPhones and Samsung TVs to Listen in on Conversations

If you've wondered how the Obama Administration is getting quotes out of private conversations, when only close Trump confidantes are in the room?

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. 
The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina. 
It follows an introductory disclosure last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election. 
Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized “zero day” exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. 
This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA. 
The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive. 
“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 turned into covert microphones.

Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The CIA found itself building not just its now infamous drone fleet, but a very different type of covert, globe-spanning force — its own substantial fleet of hackers. 
The agency’s hacking division freed it from having to disclose its often controversial operations to the NSA (its primary bureaucratic rival) in order to draw on the NSA’s hacking capacities. 
By the end of 2016, the CIA’s hacking division, which formally falls under the agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other “weaponized” malware. 
Such is the scale of the CIA’s undertaking that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook. 
The CIA had created, in effect, its “own NSA” with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified. 
In a statement to WikiLeaks the source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public, including whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency. 
The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps liberty embracing Americans will reconsider the usefulnees of all their electronic "smart" devices now? I personally have an aversion to any device that can be reverse engineered to listen in, watch or locate possessor of any "smart" electronic device...creepy.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 3:49:00 pm  
Blogger midnight rider said...

HOW FRIGGIN' LONG HAVE I BEEN SAYING THEY COULD DO THIS!?!? YEARS!!! The fucking device doesn't even have to be turned on. Pasto and I discussed this as a possible source of leaks just a day or so ago.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:38:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

this is hysterical.

If you are in a sensitive position, PULL THE BATTERY

Forget flat screen tv's, get a monitor. No brainer.

At least use a VPN

When you go them wife swapping purties in the big city, leave the phone in the car with the battery off. IN fact take the battery out of the car and walk home

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:51:00 pm  
Blogger Will MFS said...

Not only cell phones, land lines as well.

I often see landline calls whatever mentioned during call. Subject pop up as add on PC later.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 5:50:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should highlight the part of the leaks that talks about the Umbrage
aspect of the CIA's programs: it copies
Russian malware that the CIA uses to "misdirect attribution," in other words, make THEIR hack look like it was

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:14:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I am very busy today. DO you have a link for that?

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 8:04:00 pm  

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