Julian Assange and his Wikileaks organization have released alleged hacking secrets of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. They released vault seven CIA hacking tools revealed. They claim this is largest number of confidential documents released about this domestic agency.
This leak accounts for eight thousand seven hundred sixty one documents and files. This data is attributable to a high security network inside CIA’s Langley Virginia Cyber Intelligence Network. The Central Intelligence Agency allegedly hacks via malware, viruses, Trojan, and zero day exploits.
Supposedly, this code was turned over without authorization by former government contractors and hackers. Over one million lines of code was obtained. Devices such as Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs were targeted.
As of two thousand sixteen the Central Intelligence Agency employed over five thousand hacking users. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor is quoted:
“There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber weapons. 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 cyber war and cyberpeace.
The disclosure is also exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective.”
Wikileaks did not disclose more sensitive information such as whom is being targeted by these hacking tools. The Central Intelligence Agencies malware targets Linux, MAC OS X, Microsoft Windows operating systems. Also, routers are targeted.
This software was able to evade popular anti-virus software. Wikileaks released information pertaining to hacking tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency between years two thousand thirteen and two thousand sixteen. Wikileaks did not reveal who their source(s) were for this leak of documents