Wikileaks announced the release of thousands of files today coming from a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency server. Wikileak’s slogan on Twitter is “we open governments.” The first part of the series called “Year Zero,” contains 8,761 files from the highly sophisticated CIA network located in Langley, Virginia.
The Wikileaks press release stated, ”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 collection is said to amount to several hundred million lines of code.
Sadly, the scope of the CIA’s hacking includes a massive arsenal that is capable of exploiting the products of hundreds of millions of Americans. The release shows that the CIA can easily compromise iPhones, Android phones, Windows hardware and even the Samsung TV. The report shows that the CIA is able to turn on Samsung TV’s and convert them into hidden microphones without the owner’s noticing.
The source that provided Wikileaks with the documents said that policy questions need to be asked immediately of whether the CIA’s hacking exceeds its powers. Per Wikileaks, “The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyber weapons.”
You can find the full press release here, which includes a summary of the findings of the documents. It is important to note, Wikileaks has a clean track record and is seen as an extremely reliable source of information.