Wikileaks has just published an archive of documents that details the hacking tools used by the CIA.
Wikileaks has a long history when it comes to publishing confidential documents regarding the United States Government agencies. Although Wikileaks was not much in the center of attention in the last year, the most recent set of revealings will surely cause a lot of waves in the next few weeks.
Considering the fact that the documents are highly sensitive, they will be surely carefully analyzed in the following days.
The new set of documents is named Vault 7 and, according to the official description, this seems to be just the first set part of a revealing called Year Zero, and they all refer to what the CIA is up to.
Overall, there are 8761 text files which are all available for download as an archive The 513 MB archive is encrypted and the password can be found in this Twitter post. As expected, the documents are pretty technical and not many people without technical knowledge understand their contents however the good people over at The Hacker News already posted a general description of the documents.
ikileaks says that the documents come from a source inside the CIA. Mostly, the documents refer to Windows, iOS and Android vulnerabilities which are often exploited by the CIA to get access to devices. The Vault 7 set of documents also details the methods used by the CIA to remotely access smartphones and decryption solutions of messages sent through services such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Weibo, Signal, Cloackman or Confide. By using smartphones hacking solutions, audio and text messages are intercepted and forwarded to the CIA before they get encrypted by these popular instant messaging services.
“By the end of 2016, the CIA’s hacking division which operates under the “Center for Cyber Intelligence” name had more than 5000 registered members and generated more than 1000 hacking tools, Trojans, viruses and other malware apps” Wikileaks says.
One of these hacking apps is also Weeping Angel, an app used to take control of a Smart TV and use the integrated microphone for espionage. This is a direct reference to Samsung’s TVs which were discovered to record conversations in the room.
If you don’t have enough patience to go through the archive published by WikiLeaks or you don’t have the technical knowledge to understand the documents, here you will find the details you should be the most worried about.