“CIA uses zero-days for espionage” – “Focuses on Android, iOS and Samsung TVs’




WikiLeaks publishes under the name Vault 7 a large number of documents about the hacking abilities of the CIA. It involves a series of publications about malware, systems, cyber weapons and zero-days which the CIA bet. The CIA focuses among others on Samsung TVs.

The first publication of the collection has WikiLeaks Year Zero called and 8761 relates to documents and files that would come from the Center for Cyber CIA Intelligence, which is located in the city of Langley. The collection was already circulating in government circles of hackers, according to the platform. One of them would have provided WikiLeaks the files, to “stimulate debate ‘one, including the powers of the intelligence and the use of cyber weapons.

The documents state include describes how the CIA focuses on using Windows, Android, iOS and Samsung TVs using zero-days. These are vulnerabilities that are not yet known to the manufacturer and therefore can not be closed yet. Last year the CIA alone had 24 zero-days for Android. The collection of such vulnerabilities is a sensitive issue because even average users at risk if leaks are not sealed. The US government promised after Snowden’s revelations about the NSA that would be revealed earlier vulnerabilities found by the intelligence services to manufacturers such as Microsoft, Google and Apple.

To include Windows disposal service even across multiple zero-days, which exploit both local and distance. WikiLeaks speaks Hammer Drill , a virus that is able to spread via optical media for computers that are not connected to the Internet. There are also details on malware that spreads via USB sticks and systems for hiding and prolonged distribute malware. There is also a platform to focus their attacks simultaneously on multiple operating systems like Windows, OS X, Solaris, and Linux router software. This platform, called HIVE, communicates via https with many hidden areas.

The CIA had “above average focus” on vulnerabilities in iOS, according to WikiLeaks. According to the site, this is probably due to the popularity of the iPhone in the political, business and diplomatic elite. Under the zero-days for this software are tools with names like Elder Piggy to escape the sandbox, Dyonedo to bypass the code signing and Shenmi Island and Xiphos, what are kernelexploits.

The method by which to attack Samsung TVs, the CIA would have developed along with the British MI5. The tool for this, Weeping Angel, secretly switches the microphone on the television and makes the device looks, but is switched on. The devices then send recorded conversations to the server of the CIA. It also appears from the documents that the service is already on it since 2014 infect pointing vehicles. Details about this are not in the documents.

Part of the publication is further evidence that the CIA, the US consulate commitment to CIA spies. Getting into an airy written document tips on doing spending at the expense of the consulate and the rapid completion of the customs procedure by saying that as a technical consultant for the consulate enter Germany.

The oldest documents are from 2013, the most recent last year. WikiLeaks speaks of the most extensive publication with respect to inquiry services up to now. That would mean that a larger number of documents will be on the streets than in the publication of Edward Snowden about NSA. Details on Vault 7 the next publications WikiLeaks not give.


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