WikiLeaks dumps CIA’s ‘Vault 7’ documents, revealing efforts to add malware to iPhones, Android phones, Samsung TVs
The 8,761 documents and files from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley represent only part one of leaked material, titled ‘Year Zero’
The website WikiLeak, formerly considered a government watchdog group, but now seen as a pro-Russian hacking facilitator, today released CIA documents regarding the “Vault 7” program. The release follows the recent loss of this information which covers the agency’s malware, and viruses used in its own hacking activities.
Ironically, for a outfit tied to the hack of the DNC, WikiLeaks castigates the CIA saying their activities pose “a serious proliferation risk.”
“There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber ‘weapons’,” said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a statement accompanying the data. “Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such ‘weapons’, which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade. But the significance of “Year Zero” goes well beyond the choice between cyberwar and cyberpeace. The disclosure is also exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 7, 2017
WikiLeaks said it redacted some of the information, though what its criteria was is a little vague.
The documents point to a program designed to hack Apple iPhones, which WikiLeaks speculates may have been because of “the popularity of the iPhone among social, political, diplomatic and business elites.”
The release of the data comes as pressure grows on the Trump administration following revelations in The New Yorker of the president’s ties to corrupt government officials in Azerbaijan, his tweets accusing former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in New York, and his falling poll numbers.
“If the documents are authentic, as appeared likely at first review, the release would be the latest coup for the anti-secrecy organization and a serious blow to the C.I.A., which maintains its own hacking capabilities to be used for espionage,” The New York Times said this morning.
Meanwhile, Reuters and other media outlets are reporting that LinkedIn remains locked out of Russia.
The social business website was banned in the country after it failed to comply with a law that required that the company store its user data on servers housed in Russia.
According to Reuters, a LinkedIn spokesman said “the company believed it complied with all applicable laws and that it hoped to restore its service in Russia in the future.”
But the media watchdog Roskomnadzor said this is not true, they haven’t transferred the user data of Russian users to Russian housed servers.
“The company has refused to carry out the requirement to move its storage sites holding the personal data of Russian citizens onto the territory of the Russian Federation, thus confirming its lack of interest in working on the Russian market,” the Russian spokesman said.