Wikileaks Releases Info on CIA Hacking Abilities

March 7, 2017

 

 

Wikileaks just released over 8,500 files that shows how the CIA spies on people’s technological devices. It shows various tools that the CIA uses to hack into smartphones, computer operating systems, apps (such as WhatsApp, Signal, Confide), and even break through Samsung smart TVs and use it to record sounds when people thought the TV was off. 

 

I’m glad I use ASL to talk (no sound there). But apparently they can turn on the cameras, too.

 

It seems this leak is more damaging than Snowden’s leak — because while he exposed the U.S.’ extensive surveillance and spying program, this leak shows the blueprints of the hacking techniques — the methods, the codes, the steps. 

 

Wikileaks said they had more technical details — source code — of CIA’s “weapons” to break through other people/companies’ privacy, but was not publishing it until there was a general agreement on how to analyze, disarm, and publish the “weapons.” 

 

Wikileaks said the secret information was already circulating among former U.S. government hackers and contractors. They said they got the files from a source who wanted to ignite a public debate on if the CIA overstepped its authority. 

 

The files have just been published — and we might see more news reports and action from the U.S. government and the Trump administration in response to this. 

 

WSJ Article: http://on.wsj.com/2mxxYPg

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