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1984 Part II: The "Vault 7" CIA leaks (Read 7837 times)

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1984 Part II: The "Vault 7" CIA leaks
#1  March 08, 2017, 02:50:19 am
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Source:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vault_7
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/wikileaks-cia-vault-7-julian-assange-year-zero-documents-download-spying-secrets-a7616031.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wikileaks-cia-documents-released-cyber-intelligence/
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/world/europe/wikileaks-cia-hacking.html?_r=0

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The documents reportedly revealed that the agency had amassed a large collection of cyberattack techniques and malware produced by other countries, with WikiLeaks specifically citing Russia, which it collectively referred to as "Umbrage." According to WikiLeaks, these techniques and software are used to confuse forensic investigators by masking the origin of the agency's cyberattacks with the agency purportedly disguising its own cyber attacks as the work of other groups.

I feel like I just died inside. Who wants to bet how long it'll take before Trump starts using this as ammunition against those trying to tie him with Russia?
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#2  March 08, 2017, 12:17:07 pm
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This shit is crazy, I read on a different forum that's discussing vault 7 that Samsung smart tvs
Have a fake turn off mode that records conversations and sends them via the net to big bro...
I dont know how true that is but If any of you guys have one and sell drugs or something crazy
Make sure you unplug that hoe lol.

Its not just malware in those files its alot deeper than just that.
Re: 1984 Part II: The "Vault 7" CIA leaks
#3  March 08, 2017, 04:33:40 pm
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According to WikiLeaks that dump of docs was 1% of their Vault 7 material. The shit they pumped out so far was already damning enough. Good to get Snowden's input on it too, he seemed to be point out specific parts that are particularly worrying. I also like how the CIA apparently lost control of some their malicious tool set as well and apparently it could be floating around the world now just waiting for other orgs to use it, if they aren't already.

This basically one of those things most people knew was probably the case, and like Snowden's big leak it confirmed the suspicions and enlightened us further.
Re: 1984 Part II: The "Vault 7" CIA leaks
#4  March 08, 2017, 06:22:54 pm
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This is the article on yahoo
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/wikileaks-cia-files-6-biggest-172200709.html

This is some stuff copy pasted from the article

1) The CIA has the ability to break into Android and iPhone handsets, and all kinds of computers

The US intelligence agency has been involved in a concerted effort to write various kinds of malware to spy on just about every piece of electronic equipment that people use. That includes iPhones, Androids and computers running Windows, macOS and Linux.

If that software is as powerful as WikiLeaks claims, it could be used to remotely control those devices and switch them on and off. Once that happened, a vast array of data would be made available – including users' locations, messages they had sent, and potentially everything heard by the microphone or seen by the camera.

2) Doing so would make apps like Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp entirely insecure

Encrypted messaging apps are only as secure as the device they are used on – if an operating system is compromised, then the messages can be read before they encrypted and sent to the other user. WikiLeaks claims that has happened, potentially meaning that messages have been compromised even if all of the usual precautions had been taken.

3) The CIA could use smart TVs to listen in on conversations that happened around them

One of the most eye-catching programmes detailed in the documents is "Weeping Angel". That allows intelligence agencies to install special software that allows TVs to be turned into listening devices – so that even when they appear to be switched off, they're actually on.



That's just one of the technologies created by the Embedded Devices Branch, the CIA division at the centre of much of the leaks of new information.

4) The agency explored hacking into cars and crashing them, allowing 'nearly undetectable assassinations'

Many of the documents reference tools that appear to have dangerous and unknown uses. One file, for instance, shows that the CIA were looking into ways of remotely controlling cars and vans by hacking into them.

"The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations," WikiLeaks notes, in an unproven piece of speculation.

5) The CIA hid vulnerabilities that could be used by hackers from other countries or governments

WikiLeaks claims that its source handed over the documents in order to provoke a debate about the power of intelligence agencies and how their information should be exposed. Perhaps central to that is the accusation that the CIA was "hoarding" exploits that it had found – rather than handing them over to the companies that could fix them, and so make users safe, as they had promised to do.

Such bugs were found in the biggest consumer electronics in the world, including phones and computers made Apple, Google and Microsoft. But those companies didn't get the chance to fix those exploits because the agency kept them secret in order to keep using them, the documents suggest.

"Serious vulnerabilities not disclosed to the manufacturers places huge swathes of the population and critical infrastructure at risk to foreign intelligence or cyber criminals who independently discover or hear rumors of the vulnerability," a WikiLeaks statement read. "If the CIA can discover such vulnerabilities so can others."

WikiLeaks noted that those unfixed exploits affected everyone using the equipment, including "the U.S. Cabinet, Congress, top CEOs, system administrators, security officers and engineers".
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#5  March 09, 2017, 06:34:51 am
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#6  March 09, 2017, 06:06:11 pm
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#7  March 09, 2017, 06:15:05 pm
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The UN Human Rights Council is a joke. Just take a look at some of its members: Cuba, China and fucking Saudi Arabia. Do you think these freedom-loving nations and big brother states USA and UK give a shit about anyone's privacy?
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#8  March 09, 2017, 07:04:24 pm
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lol the whole un is a big joke.
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#9  March 13, 2017, 10:04:15 am
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I don't see any difference than mall CCTV...
for us nobodies, it won't matter even when the technology exist.
Re: 1984 Part II: The "Vault 7" CIA leaks
#10  March 13, 2017, 10:33:05 am
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The UN Human Rights Council is a joke. Just take a look at some of its members: Cuba, China and fucking Saudi Arabia. Do you think these freedom-loving nations and big brother states USA and UK give a shit about anyone's privacy?

Doesn't Saudi Arabia run the damn thing?