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Tech firms to get Wikileaks CIA files first

Tech firms to get Wikileaks CIA files first

'It is CIA's job to be innovative, cutting-edge, and the first line of defence in protecting this country from enemies overseas.

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, said the disclosures were "exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective". The release of confidential federal documents is described as the largest-ever publication of secret intelligence materials from the US. "Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries". A CIA spokesperson did point out that the agency is "legally prohibited from conducting electronic surveillance targeting individuals here at home, including our fellow Americans, and the CIA does not do so".

WikiLeaks, however, claims that there are more data dumps coming to Vault 7, which should provide a better idea on the reality of the CIA's hacking capabilities.

Google Pixel, which has the latest Android version, should be safe from the CIA's exploits, Google says. The WikiLieaks documents describe ways to get information in those apps on Android devices but only after gaining full control of those phones.

The CIA has not confirmed if the documents which claim its hackers have found away to listen in on smartphone and smart TV microphones, are authentic.

"As of October 2014 the Central Intelligence Agency was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks".

Tech giants Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have all moved fast to kickstart their own investigations into the alleged vulnerabilities pointed to in their systems and products.


It's important to note that, although Google and Apple both say that most of the vulnerabilities are fixed, that doesn't mean all of them are.

In a statement reported by BuzzFeed News, Apple said it is aware of numerous vulnerabilities and has already patched them. After the hack is implemented, the tool can place the target TV into a "fake-off" mode that would make the user believe that the TV is turned off.

Devlin Barrett, national security reporter for the Washington Post.

"Anybody who leaks classified information will be held to the highest degree of law", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

The leak, called "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks now seems to be as significant as the 2010 Iraq and Afghanistan disclosure by Chelsea Manning in 2010, and Edward Snowden's leak of classified material in relation to the National Security Agency and Britain's equivalent in 2013.

"The actual headline here is that someone apparently managed to compromise a Top Secret CIA development environment, exfiltrate a whole host of material, and is now releasing it to the world. now the world wants to know who, and how, and why".


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