#Privacy / #International / #Routers / #Computers / #Hacking / #USA

We’re told Cherry Blossom, or at least version 5 of it, allows agents to infect both wireless and wired access points by installing a firmware upgrade dubbed FlyTrap that can be put on the device without needing physical access to it.

Flytrap can monitor internet traffic through the router, redirect web browser connections to websites that the CIA wants a target to see, proxy a target’s network connections, and harvest and copy data traffic. It then sends it all back to a command and control system called Cherry Tree.

“The key component is the Flytrap, which is typically a wireless (802.11/WiFi) device (router/access point) that has been implanted with CB firmware,” the documents state.

“Many wireless devices allow a firmware upgrade over the wireless link, meaning a wireless device can often be implanted without physical access. Supported devices … can be implanted by upgrading the firmware using a variety of tools/techniques.”

According to the documents, Cherry Tree servers are located in secure locations and run on Dell PowerEdge 1850-powered virtual servers, running Red Hat Fedora 9, with at least 4GB of RAM. Infections can also be managed via a web portal called Cherry Web. Fedora 9 was released in 2008, which gives you an idea of how far back this tech dates, and how many years it may have been in use.

via WikiLeaks emits CIA’s Wi-Fi pwnage tool docs • The Register

Advertisements
Longreads

The best longform stories on the web

REVOLUTIONS IN MY SPACE: A BLOG BY RITA BANERJI

"In a time of universal deceit, to tell the truth is an act of revolution." ~ George Orwell

parallax

The view from here ... Or here!

Emanzipatorische Antifa Wuppertal

Antiautoritäre, Solidarisch, Antifaschistisch

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

organizing resistance at the intersection of mass incarceration and the environment

British prisons: a personal account

“ I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there." Charles Bukowski

Shiraz Socialist

Because there have to be some lefties with a social life

Melbourne Antifascists

Touch One, Touch All

DISACCORDS

An anarchist news blotter following events in Oceania & South East Asia

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

Inquilab Zindabad! Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad!

In Moscow's Shadows

Analysis and Assessment of Russian Crime and Security

thekooriwoman

Gomeroi. This is MY truth.

Secular Pakistan

No Talibanisation, 'Honour' Killings, Blasphemy Vendetta

Transform Society

A site that educates & inspires souls

Ahona

Mariam Zohra D

My Name is Jamie. My Life in Prison

Letters shared with Sonni Quick

Free Haifa

Reading, Writing and Freedom Arithmetics

A Black Writer in Berlin

The official blog of Phil Lewis, award-winning novelist, essayist, poet, critic, artist and composer