WikiLeaks Reports CIA Hacks Into Everything from iPhones to Smart TVs

Jay Jacobs
March 9, 2017

The documents also detail how the government has allegedly hacked into smart TV's, in particular those made by Samsung.

It of course remains possible (as it always has and always will) that the Central Intelligence Agency has cracked the encryption of Signal, WhatsApp, or any other piece of software.

The 8,761 document dump has been published as part of its "Year Zero" campaign, and is just the first part in a series of leaks on the agency that Wikileaks has dubbed "Vault 7".

Another of the published exploits - codenamed "Weeping Angel" - appears to target Samsung smart TVs, which drew criticism on release for their always-on voice command system.

"'Year Zero" introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of "zero day' weaponized exploits against a wide range of United States and European company products, include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones", according to a WikiLeaks press release.

The anti-secrecy group said it obtained thousands of files, hundreds of millions of lines of code from the CIA's massive hacking operation.

Your smart TV may be listening in on your conversations and vulnerabilities in your computer security software are going unrepaired because US intelligence agencies find them useful. The spy agency has refused to confirm the authenticity of the documents.

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Wikileaks was founded by Julian Assange in 2006, and he shows it as a "media organization" and "associated library", according to its website.

A document in the dump shows that CIA exploits for Apple's iOS were allegedly purchased from the U.S. National Security Agency, British intelligence or bought from third-party providers.

Other documents allege the CIA's Mobile Devices Branch (MDB) is responsible for many attacks to remotely hack and control popular smartphones.

WikiLeaks claims the documents show that the spy agency can turn your TV into a listening device, bypass popular encryption apps, and possibly control your vehicle.

"We should be anxious if they're being used against non-intelligence targets, we should be anxious if they're being used against Americans", cybersecurity expert Ross Schulman told CNN.

The FBI has launched a criminal investigation into the security breach that resulted in the publication of detailed records concerning the CIA's super-secretive computer hacking operations, according to a USA official familiar with the matter.

In 2013, Edward Snowden took on the life of a fugitive when he revealed the extent of the mass surveillance being conducted by the NSA and cronies such as GCHQ in the UK.

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