WikiLeaks dumps thousands of files on ‘CIA hacking capabilities’ of encrypted apps – U.S. News – Haaretz.com – The dump could not immediately be authenticated by The Associated Press and the CIA declined comment, but WikiLeaks has a long track record of releasing top secret government documents. Experts who’ve started to sift through the material said it appeared legitimate – and that the release was almost certain to shake the CIA.
According WikiLeaks, the dump “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 U.S. 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.”
“These techniques permit the CIA to bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman by hacking the ‘smart’ phones that they run on and collecting audio and message traffic before encryption is applied,” WikiLeaks said.
“There’s no question that there’s a fire drill going on right now,” said Jake Williams, a security expert with Rendition Infosec. “It wouldn’t surprise me that there are people changing careers – and ending careers – as we speak.”