by on 7 March 2017

Wikileaks publishes 8700 documents on the programs the CIA uses to hack the internet…

Wikileaks publicized recently that it was going to start releasing its “Year Zero” trove of documents and today the first part was released. It details the techniques CIA uses to spy on the internet.

“Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized “zero day” exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA. The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive,” the release says.

The release details how CIA malware targets smart phones and smart TVs in order to turn them into listening devices. They were also working on technology to take over vehicle control systems. The CIA had also developed techniques to bypass encryption in WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman. It also details how PCs are hacked.

In short, they can access pretty much anything digital.

In the release, Wikileaks makes some good points. Notably, that once the code the CIA uses is lost (which they say has happened), it can be used by anyone. Not just other governments, but also corporations.

This is purportedly the first part in a series that may later detail who and what was gleamed from the programs. As a teaser last month, Wikileaks revealed that the CIA targeted French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.

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