If true, an immense amount of electronic devices have been compromised
Wikileaks has claimed they uncovered a “treasure trove” of CIA data from a leaker in Langley, releasing almost 9,000 documents.
Wikileaks issued the release through Twitter, linking to their website.
Vault 7, Part 1, Year Zero
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 7, 2017
The scale of the purported program is massive. As of 2016, the CIA hacking division had over 5000 members. A total of over 1,000 hacking systems, including viruses and malware, were created. To get a sense of the scale, more code had been used utilized in those programs than the code used to operate Facebook.
Smart TVs, iPhones, Androids all may have been targeted
The report centres on the CIA’s hacking division, and includes discussion of CIA exploits of iPhone, Android, Windows, and even some smart TV’s, which can be hacked and used as microphones.
It has been reported that the CIA identified weaknesses in many consumer electronic devices, but refrained from sharing those weaknesses with the company, preferring to use them as back doors to hack into later. Windows computers are said to be infected with CIA malware.
CIA may have lost control of hacking systems
One of the more disturbing possible revelations, is the claim that the CIA has lost control of much of their hacking systems. Apparently totaling several hundred million lines of code, it would give anyone in possession of it the same hacking power as the CIA. If it has been released, hundreds of millions, if not billions of devices are compromised.
Largest intelligence publication in history?
If the purported CIA documents are in fact as claimed, it could represent the most massive intelligence document publication in history.
It should be noted that the accuracy of these documents has not yet been confirmed, though it’s unlikely the CIA would publicly admit anything even if true.
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