Exposes spy agency’s hacking secrets into almost every tech device people use
WikiLeaks released a multitude of files on Tuesday that reveal how the Central Intelligence Agency can hack mobile phones, TVs, computers that are not connected to the internet and bypass encrypted communication apps.
The CIA malware can infiltrate Google’s Android, Apple iPhones, Microsoft’s Windows, Samsung TVs, and high-tech applications such as WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and Confide.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the release of the documents, dubbed Vault 7, effectively strips the CIA of a range of software that have the capability of controlling computers on a global scale.
The ‘Year Zero’ release — WikiLeaks’ code name for the first batch of its CIA leak — contain many more pages than the Edward Snowden files that exposed the vast hacking power of the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies.
Wikileaks uncovered a CIA malware dubbed Weeping Angel that infests smart TVs and transforms them into covert microphones. The software can put a TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, giving the owner the false impression that the TV is off when it is actually still on. In the ‘Fake-Off’ mode, the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and transmitting them to a CIA server.
WikiLeaks said the CIA was researching ways to infect the computer control systems of cars and trucks and program them to carry out assassinations.