WikiLeaks' Vault7 dump details zero-day exploits developed by CIA for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 09 Mar 2017
WikiLeaks' Vault7 dump details zero-day exploits developed by CIA for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux
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WikiLeaks says this is first part of the full series codenamed Year Zero. The Vault7 containing 8,761 documents and files describes remote expoits and malware used by CIA

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WikiLeaks has published a new dossier dubbed "Vault7" containing 8,761 documents and files that describe remote expoits and malware used by CIA. WikiLeaks claims to have gained access to these documents from within CIA's headquarters at Langley in Virginia.

The documents chart malware and zero-day exploits created to compromise Android, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux. The agency has purportedly been successful with 24 weaponised exploits and has also infested iOS devices with specialised zero day malware. According to WikiLeaks, the exploits have either been developed by CIA or obtained from sources like GCHQ, NSA, FBI. The Central Intelligence Agency has also reportedly purchased mobile exploit tools from cyber arms contractors such as Baitshop.

WikiLeaks also revealed that the CIA targetted Microsoft Windows users with a specialised virus such as Hammer Drill that infects software distributed on CD/DVDs. "The CIA has developed automated multi-platform malware attack and control systems covering Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, Linux and more, such as EDB's "HIVE" and the related "Cutthroat" and "Swindle" tools."

The most shocking revelation includes the fact that CIA also infested smart TVs under the program called Weeping Angel. The Weeping Angel targets Samsung smart TVs tranforming them into always-on microphones. It makes a TV "operate as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server."

WikiLeaks says this is first part of the full series codenamed Year Zero. Apple has already reacted to WikiLeaks dossier claiming the company has fixed most of the exploits detailed in the document.

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