The CIA has become the latest target of WikiLeaks, as they launched on Tuesday what is described as the “largest ever publication of confidential documents” on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
The stash of documents has been given the code name “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, with the first batch released Tuesday titled “Year Zero,” which includes 8,761 documents.
WikiLeaks stated that the CIA recently “lost control” of all it’s hacking secrets, including several hundred million lines of code, and giving the hacker possession of the CIA’s entire hacking capacity. The data was then reportedly shared with other hackers, one of whom shared portions of the documents with WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asserts the data reveals that the CIA made efforts to hack new-age cars and trucks as a way to carry out “nearly undetectable” assassinations.
Assange says the CIA manages to use a target’s phone in order to track and subsequently breach the control system of the user’s car featuring modern software.
Such an initiative is alleged to have already seen its fingerprints on companies, both abroad and domestic.
Cell phones, such as Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows, are listed along with Samsung TVs as devices capable of being “turned into covert microphones.”
This program is believed to have been developed in October of 2014 when the CIA was “looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks” in order to “engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”
The agency’s mobile devices branch apparently “developed numerous attacks to remotely hack and control popular smart phones.”
Citing the overwhelming majority of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android software controlling the market, the lack of diversity among phones would allow for the CIA to ease its access into wanted cell phones.
Among the list of purposes, WikiLeaks claims that “Infected phones can be instructed to send the CIA the user’s geolocation, audio and text communications, as well as covertly activate the phone’s camera and microphone.”
WikiLeaks also mentioned evidence that says the CIA purported “a very substantial effort to infect and control Microsoft Windows users with its malware, infecting CDs, DVDs, and USB sticks.”
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