On Tuesday, March 7, WikiLeaks went public exposing the Central Intelligence Agency’s ability to hack all of your technology
The CIA have cyberweapons that can infiltrate your smartphone, your computer, your router and even your Samsung TV. Even your modern car is not safe.
An anonymous former government hacker released the largest ever publication of CIA files and documents to WikiLeaks, codenamed “Vault 7“. WikiLeaks have exposed to the public the first part of a series that they will gradually roll out, for security purposes.
This first series, named “Year Zero” contains 8761 files and documents. This surpasses the quantity published during the 3 years that Edward Snowden exposed the US National Security Agency (NSA).
Contained within these documents and files are cyberweapons that could bring down an entire nation’s infrastructure if it were to land in the wrong hands. There have already been numerous arrests associated with the leak, but so far no one has been publicly named.
The anonymous source appropriated the files from an isolated a high-security network within the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), located in Langley Virginia.
He was part of a larger network of former hackers and contractors once employed by the CIA. These ex-workers have been circulating this highly sensitive information in an unauthorized manner.
Urgent Public Debate Needed
The source decided to release the information to WikiLeaks as it raises urgent policy questions that must be debated publicly.
The CIA has essentially shot itself in the foot, by keeping information about the vulnerabilities within this vast range of technologies secret. The leak shows how easily cyber criminals, or rival nations, could have got a hold of it, and wreaked untold damage.
There are many levels of illegality and carelessness that the CIA have indulged in. It is likely that it was merely a race to gain budgetary and political preeminence over the NSA.
CIA: Careless, Negligent, Greedy
The NSA has been a bureaucratic rival of the CIA since 2001. This “competition” has placed the public, industry and government institutions in dire jeopardy.
By the end of 2016, the CIA had almost managed to create within themselves a replica of the NSA. They hoped they could circumvent accountability. Their motivation was to avoid justifying their outrageous budgetary spending.
This duplicated division is the Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI). According to the leaked information, it has around 5000 registered users who have managed to produce more than 1000 cyberweapons.
And now the CIA has lost control over its entire arsenal of hacking weapons. These weapons included viruses, malware and malware remote control systems, trojans, weaponized “zero days” exploits, and all their associated documents.
These several hundred million lines of code are said to make up the entire hacking capacity of the CIA.
The CIA is already subject to the notoriety of its infamous drone fleet. Now their large fleet of hackers has recklessly put the public at risk. All for the sake of freeing the CIA from having to disclose its operations to the NSA.
The entire CIA operation is incredibly vast and equally horrifying. Many layers of divisions worked on creating cyberweaponry. Cyberweaponry designed to infiltrate all the modern technology we know and use in our everyday lives.
How were YOU put in Jeopardy?
The Engineering Development Group (EDG) was one such division with the CCI. Its purpose was to turn your phone, your computer and your TV into covert microphones to record private conversations.
Shockingly, in conjunction with MI5/BTSS, the CCI developed “Weeping Angel”. This is a hack that puts a Samsung TV into “Fake Off Mode” in order to covertly bug and record people in its vicinity.
Keep reading …