Vault7: What the Wikileaks CIA info-dump means to you

  • Vault7: What the Wikileaks CIA info-dump means to you

Vault7: What the Wikileaks CIA info-dump means to you

In a January interview with Fox News, Assange said, "We can say - we have said repeatedly - over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party".

In a statement reported by BuzzFeed News, Apple said it is aware of numerous vulnerabilities and has already patched them. In a move unusual for Wikileaks, individuals' names have been redacted and replaced with unique identifiers.

After the hubbub died down, the first of WikiLeaks' much-touted "Vault 7" dumps turns out to have revealed little about the CIA's hacking abilities. This protects the messages from man-in-the-middle attacks that intercept communications between a device and an app's servers while also preventing companies from reading the information themselves.

Even more frightening, if accurate, the documents show that the Central Intelligence Agency is able to hack into smartphones, smart televisions and other items manufactured by companies like Samsung, Apple, Microsoft Windows and Google. This appear to be where investigators are now focusing their attention.

It was not clear how WikiLeaks meant to give the information to technology companies, or if they would accept his offer.

Jonathan Liu, a CIA spokesperson said:"We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents".

"There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber "weapons, '" WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement".

The documents released Tuesday, which WikiLeaks is referring to as "Year Zero" include many lines of computer code, and the organization says that some of the tools they describe can be used to bypass the encryption of popular apps and devices, including the iPhone and the Android and Windows operating systems.

"The worst thing that could happen is for users lose faith in encryption-enabled tools and stop using them".

Assange said the technology was almost impossible to keep under wraps or even under control.

"Such disclosures not only jeopardise U.S. personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm".

"Companies do have a responsibility and must be liable for putting poorly secured connective devices with more sensors into our private lives", she said.

WikiLeaks said it identified a project known as Weeping Angel where U.S. and British intelligence agencies developed ways to take over Samsung smart TVs equipped with microphones, forcing them to record conversations when the device appeared to be turned off. On Thursday it did finally issue a statement, saying it has already patched numerous flaws detailed in the documents: "We're confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities", the company said.