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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:53 am    Post subject: Wikileaks Vault 7 reveals CIA car/plane/TV hacking programme Reply with quote

Wikileaks releases CIA ‘Umbrage’ documents confirming stolen Russian malware, makes hacking look like Moscow did it
http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/wikileaks-releases-cia-umbrage-docume nts-confirming-stolen-russian-malware-makes-hacking-look-like-moscow-d id-it-41729/

The CIA’s Remote Devices Branch‘s UMBRAGE groupcollects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.

With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the “fingerprints” of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.

UMBRAGE components cover keyloggers, password collection, webcam capture, data destruction, persistence, privilege escalation, stealth, anti-virus (PSP) avoidance and survey techniques.

To translate: US CIA operatives can perform a hack and make it look as though it was Russia who performed the attack. It would be noteworthy that Wikileaks denied Russian ties to their release of documents from the DNC and John Podesta, claiming it was an “insider.”

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The CIA is able to “pose” as “Russian hackers” whenever it so chooses.

Here’s the quote from Zero Hedge: “the CIA can engage in “false flag” cyberattacks which portray Russia as the assailant. Discussing the CIA’s Remote Devices Branch’s UMBRAGE group, Wikileaks’ source notes that it “collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.

“With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the “fingerprints” of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from. UMBRAGE components cover keyloggers, password collection, webcam capture, data destruction, persistence, privilege escalation, stealth, anti-virus (PSP) avoidance and survey techniques.”

Called “Vault 7,” the document dump is massive, with over 8,000 documents.

Here’s part of the introduction: A total of 8,761 documents have been published as part of ‘Year Zero’, the first in a series of leaks the whistleblower organization has dubbed ‘Vault 7.’ WikiLeaks said that ‘Year Zero’ revealed details of the CIA’s “global covert hacking program,” including “weaponized exploits” used against company products including “Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.”

Yes, that is correct: your phone or Smart TV can be converted to a microphone.

The CIA also runs a very substantial effort to infect and control Microsoft Windows users with its malware. This includes multiple local and remote weaponized “zero days”, air gap jumping viruses such as “Hammer Drill” which infects software distributed on CD/DVDs, infectors for removable media such as USBs, systems to hide data in images or in covert disk areas ( “Brutal Kangaroo”) and to keep its malware infestations going.

As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations. READ: MICHAEL HASTINGS DEATH
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Assassination: Boston brakes car crash, heart attack, cancer
http://www.911forum.org.uk/board/viewtopic.php?t=21839

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Malaysian MH370 777 airliner hacked? then 'disappears'
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Just over 12 hours earlier, the 33-year-old BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone contributor had sent an email to colleagues and friends, warning he was onto a “big story” and was under investigation.

“The Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates’,” he wrote in an email sent at around 1pm on Monday, June 17. “May be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices. I’m onto a big story and need to go off the radar for a bit. All the best, and hope to see you soon. Michael.”

Hastings’ final published article, ‘Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans’, was highly critical of President Barack Obama and the US government’s domestic spying program, which had just been revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Hastings accused the Obama administration and its allies in the FBI and Department of Justice of waging a war on “transparency supporters, whistleblowers and investigative reporters”.

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WIKILEAKS CIA BOMBSHELL: Vault7 reveals plan with MI5 to 'BUG YOUR TV' in major leak
THE CIA developed a system with MI5 to turn Samsung Smart TVs into a bugging system, activated when the owner or user thought they were switched off, the Wikileaks organisation has shockingly claimed.
By Jon Austin
PUBLISHED: 07:09, Wed, Mar 8, 2017 | UPDATED: 08:06, Wed, Mar 8, 2017
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/776149/WIKILEAKS-Julian-Assange-CI A-assassinate-drivers-Samsung-TV-bug-Vault-7-Year1

The sinister plan is just one of an array of surveillance, hacking, and other techniques allegedly deployed by the US Central Intelligence Service (CIA) that are revealed in documents released by the whistle blowing organisation today, it has said.

WikiLeaks today began its new series of leaks on the CIA, code-named "Vault 7", and described as "the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency".

The first full part of the series, "Year Zero", comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina, according to Wikileaks.

But Wikileaks says it has proof of the CIA using consumer technology such as smart phones, PCs, and even TVs to hack into personal accounts or even spy on people.

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The Wikileaks statement added: "'Year Zero' introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of "zero day" weaponised exploits against a wide range of US and European company products, including Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.

"The increasing sophistication of surveillance techniques has drawn comparisons with George Orwell's 1984, but 'Weeping Angel', developed by the CIA's Embedded Devices Branch (EDB), which infests smart TVs, transforming them into covert microphones, is surely its most emblematic realisation.

"The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom's MI5/BTSS. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a 'Fake-Off' mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on.

"In 'Fake-Off' mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the internet to a covert CIA server."

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Wikileaks, run by Julian Assange, claims a source provided the material now being released.

Wikileaks says it has been provided with portions of a CIA archive of its hacking arsenal after it "lost control of most of it".

It includes malware, viruses, trojans, weaponised "zero day" exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation, it said.

Wikileaks added: "This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA.

"The archive appears to have been circulated among former US government hackers and contractors in an unauthorised manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive."
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Russia deems leaked data on CIA plausible: FM Lavrov
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:47AM
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow considers the information recently leaked about the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s hacking techniques as “quite plausible.”

The website WikiLeaks said on Tuesday that it had obtained and published thousands of documents from the CIA that purportedly revealed the agency’s hacking and spying secrets. According to the leaks, the CIA sneaks into high-tech phones and televisions to spy on users around the world.

Lavrov said at a press conference on Thursday that Moscow had to take into account the information made public by the website.

“As for reports on the CIA’s hacking arsenal, of course, we saw them… I proceed from the assumption that experts consider this information quite plausible,” Lavrov said.

The Russian diplomat said that Moscow had “to take into account everything we become aware of.”

He also said that he did not use his own smartphone to talk about “sensitive issues” to avoid being spied on.

“I myself try not to bring any phones to talks regarding sensitive issues,” Lavrov said. “At least, I seem to have managed not to get into any unpleasant situations for now.”

The leaked documents purportedly showed that the CIA routinely used techniques that enabled its hackers to disguise themselves as hacking groups based in Russia and other countries.

Lavrov referred to past accusations that Russia hacked US systems and said the information recently leaked shed some light on how those allegations could be wrong, as Moscow has previously maintained.

“When we were accused of something, the Russian hackers’ ‘fingerprints’ were cited as evidence,” he said, adding, “Now, it becomes known that the CIA is capable of getting access to such fingerprints, and the agency consequently must have used it.”

In theory, the hacking technique enables the CIA to fake digital forensic fingerprints to make Russia look guilty of infiltrating computer systems.

Most recently, the US accused Russian hackers of having gained illicit access to the Democratic National Committee (DNC)’s systems in an attempt to leak potentially compromising information on the Democratic Party and tilt the recent US presidential election in favor of the Republicans.

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5 Major Revelations from Vault 7 the CIA & Media Do Not Want You to Know
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Believed more significant than leaks from NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Wikileaks’ Vault 7 release of some 8,000 CIA documents detailing the extent of the agency’s hacking and surveillance toolbox has already dealt the planet a gut-check — making painfully clear no true privacy exists in 2017.

Officials have already launched an investigation in an attempt to determine who forked over such a sizable cache of markedly sensitive information — which, incidentally, represents merely 1 percent of the total number of documents, according to Wikileaks.

Beyond the near certain constitutional, legal, and ethical transgressions of the CIA evidenced in Vault 7, one thing became stunningly clear this week: whoever leaked the information — lone wolf or group, politically or morally motivated — is potentially even more damaging an Enemy Number One to the Central Intelligence Agency than Snowden has proven to be for the NSA.

“Mr. Snowden’s leaks revealed names of programs, companies that assist the NSA in surveillance and in some cases the targets of American spying. But the recent leak purports to contain highly technical details about how surveillance is carried out. That would make them far more revealing and useful to an adversary, one person said,” reported the Wall Street Journal this week.

“In one sense, Mr. Snowden provided a briefing book on U.S. surveillance, but the CIA leaks could provide the blueprints.”

Without transparency, government inevitably trims away privacy rights and other liberties. Greater than any need for adherence to authoritarian rule of law, blowing the whistle on corrupt, illegal, and unseemly practices of those in power constitutes an act of paramount importance — so integral to maintaining checks and balances, in fact, government propaganda to the contrary still has a large swath of the populace questioning Snowden instead of the National Security Agency and U.S. government.

Keep in mind that if you blame the messenger, you won’t focus attention on government wrongdoing. It’s unfortunately telling most Americans who could identify Edward Snowden — many, only vaguely as a ‘traitor’ — likely would not remember the names of any domestic surveillance programs he disclosed.

As the world waits with bated breath for the next dump from the pot-o-gold that is Vault 7, it’s imperative to examine five of the more insidious and dubious revelations this week — and how, if at all, they affect you.
We Got the Dankest Malware

In what seems to be a snide thumb of the nose at popular culture, the CIA named several of its collection and hacking tools after Hollywood movies — and agents aggrandized their exploits and electronic ‘weapons’ behind the scenes.

“The tools described in the documents carried bizarre names,” reports CBS News, “including Time Stomper, Fight Club, Jukebox, Bartender, Wild Turkey, Margarita and ‘RickyBobby,’ a racecar-driving character in the comedy film, ‘Talladega Nights’ — a tool to pillage and insert files on ‘newer versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server.’”

RickyBobby operated “as a lightweight implant for target computers” — introduced without triggering antivirus or security software — exploiting files included with Windows systems for over a decade.

But don’t think this goodie bag is withheld for use solely within the United States — or that the CIA doesn’t share the ‘wealth.’ According to CBS News, the “documents show broad exchanges of tools and information among the CIA, NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies, as well as intelligence services of close allies Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.”

Vault 7 included commentary from cocksure CIA agents — what would have to be considered a bit of comedic relief were it not for the underhanded topic-at-hand — including the telling:

“You know we got the dankest Trojans and collection tools.”
‘Reckless Beyond Words’

Documentation shows system vulnerabilities developed by the CIA — and shared with allied foreign governments — were then apparently left open for any hacker, anywhere in the world, to exploit for any purpose. Wikileaks stated,

“‘Year Zero’ 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.”

Further, the intelligence agency paid to retain the holes for future use. Snowden tweeted,

Essentially, the CIA put its covert forays into the systems of anyone it chooses to target — particularly journalists, human rights groups, and prominent activists — above privacy and security protections for the entire population.

Snowden affirmed in a series of tweets the authenticity of Vault 7 documents — and blasted the spy agency for inexcusable imprudence, stating,

“The CIA reports show the USG developing vulnerabilities in US products, then intentionally keeping the holes open. Reckless beyond words.”

“Why is this dangerous? Because until closed, any hacker can use the security hole the CIA left open to break into any iPhone in the world.”

“Evidence mounts showing CIA & FBI knew about catastrophic weaknesses in the most-used smartphones in America, but kept them open — to spy.”

Your Car Can Kill You — Particularly If the CIA Wants You Dead

That characterization in cable television shows and movies of the Central Intelligence Agency as the dark arm of the United States Government carrying out surreptitious operations — including targeted killings — isn’t, of course, a departure from the truth.

But how, exactly, the CIA executes such missions without being detected has been the subject of innumerable theories, but remained unsubstantiated conjecture — that is until Vault 7 revealed the agency can seize control of your vehicle remotely. In a lengthy press release, Wikileaks noted,

“As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”

Upon this revelation, suspicion immediately trained on the odd circumstances surrounding the untimely death of government critic and award-winning journalist, Michael Hastings, in 2013.

Hastings garnered acclaim and won the George Polk award for his career-defining 2010 report for Rolling Stone, which portrayed General Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO’s International Assistance Security Force in the Afghanistan War, in a negative light — ruffling feathers in the upper echelons of the government and ultimately costing the general his career in the process.

Shortly before his Mercedes inexplicably rocketed through a Los Angeles neighborhood and exploded into an intense fireball — (before or after directly striking a palm tree, according to authorities and witnesses, respectively) — Hastings disclosed he’d grown leery of being followed and surveilled by government actors, and appeared to fear for his life.

In fact, the 33-year-old journalist told a friend and neighbor he believed his car had been tampered with — just before it careened down the road, headlong into a tree, burning his body so badly, the coroner only secured identification through a match in the FBI’s database.

Hastings’ fatal crash — officially deemed accidental despite lingering questions — occurred on June 18, 2013. CIA documentation proves the agency sought improvements to technology allowing it to seize control of vehicle systems just one year later — putting a remotely-affected assassination within the realm of the plausible.

“There is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers — including the United States — know how to remotely seize control of a car,” former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism, Richard Clarke, told Huffington Post shortly after Hastings’ death.

“What has been revealed as a result of some research at universities is that it’s relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn’t want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn’t want the brakes on, to launch an air bag.

“You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it’s not that hard.”
Smart Devices — Too Smart for Comfort

For years, cybersecurity and technology experts, as well as privacy and rights advocates, have admonished the public to beware the convenience proffered by devices linked to the Internet of Things — described by Jacob Morgan in Fortune as “the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.”

Connecting devices — such as a cell phone, washing machine, smart TV, or home management system — might save time, but CIA documents reveal the same hardware of convenience offers ease of access for agents to install malware and use built-in microphones and cameras to spy whenever they see fit — even if the device is powered off. Wikileaks notes,

“The increasing sophistication of surveillance techniques has drawn comparisons with George Orwell’s 1984, but ‘Weeping Angel’, developed by the CIA’s Embedded Devices Branch (EDB), which infests smart TVs, transforming them into covert microphones, is surely its most emblematic realization.

“The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s MI5/BTSS. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server […]

“The CIA’s Mobile Devices Branch (MDB) developed numerous attacks to remotely hack and control popular smart phones. Infected phones can be instructed to send the CIA the user’s geolocation, audio and text communications as well as covertly activate the phone’s camera and microphone.”

Wired’s Matt Burgess elaborates that Weeping Angel “targeted the Samsung F8000 Smart TV. They say the TV could be turned into ‘covert listening devices’ by putting the TV into ‘fake-off’ mode. When the televisions appeared to be off, it was possible for conversations to be recorded. The CIA documents, which are from 2014, state ‘future work’ on the vulnerability could include capturing video from the televisions and being able to leave Wi-Fi turned on while ‘fake-off’ mode was enabled.”

While this is indeed ominous for obvious reasons, AsTech president Andrew McDonnell and other experts argue there’s no reason for panic, as he told Fortune,

“Many of the vulnerabilities cited in this tool set are well-known. ‘Smart’ TVs, old Android phones (like the President’s), unpatched routers, and a host of other devices have known vulnerabilities that are not exclusive to the CIA. These implementations may have been exclusive, but that doesn’t mean only the CIA had exploits. If genuine, there are likely some proprietary vulnerabilities or zero-days in there. Ultimately, secret backdoors in software — whether intentional or based on an exploit — make everyone less safe: there’s no way to control who uses them.”
Who Actually Hacked Who?

Perhaps the most debated and disputatious disclosure in the first batch of Vault 7 documents is the epiphany the CIA has collected a voluminous library of hacking techniques and code it can employ and customize as needed for certain exploits.

“The CIA’s Remote Devices Branch’s UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation,” Wikileaks reports.

“With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the ‘fingerprints’ of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.”

At first blush, such an operation seems to aptly explain limited evidence wrangled by U.S. officials from ostensive hacks of assorted government systems by supposed Russian state actors — Wikileaks even intimates as much.

However, upon review of the content of Vault 7 documents, some information technology experts disagree this tidbit evinces CIA complicity in framing Russia for hacking.

According to SearchSecurity, “There is no evidence these false flag attacks were planned or took place, and there appears to be no references in the CIA documents that indicate the agency planned to use these stolen attack techniques in such a manner.”

Indeed, pinning an attack on Russia this way, though feasible, would not necessarily be efficacious or guaranteed success — and while Wikileaks specifically mentions the Russian Federation in its Vault 7 statement, The Intercept points out nothing in the actual CIA documentation suggests these tools would or had been used in this manner. To wit, Russia isn’t mentioned at all, in conjunction with UMBRAGE or digital footprints.

But this is the CIA, after all, and considering its intricately-woven operations and intense cloak of secrecy, to say adamantly whether or not agents purposefully left Russian ‘fingerprints’ to lay blame on propaganda’s currently highlighted State enemy cannot be known with certainty.

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A final point worth noting, although these hacking tools and exploits show the CIA perfectly proficient in carrying out a massive surveillance effort, analysts claim the agency focuses on specific individuals for specific reasons — contrary to the NSA’s spying dragnet and collection practices — so the worst of the revelations don’t pertain to the average person.

But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, either, as Wikileaks explained, documents show agents coordinate with technology staff to render customized exploits and data collection when necessary, and “the list of possible targets of the collection are ‘Asset’, ‘Liason Asset’, ‘System Administrator’, ‘Foreign Information Operations’, ‘Foreign Intelligence Agencies’ and ‘Foreign Government Entities’. Notably absent is any reference to extremists or transnational criminals.”

Poised to release the next treasure from Vault 7, Wikileaks continues to set Washington ablaze by forcing the government’s corrupt, unethical, greedy, and power-drunk officials to center stage under white-hot spotlights — where they must come to terms with the fact the American public stopped swallowing the excuse of security to give up liberty and privacy some time ago.

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#Vault7: Key revelations from WikiLeaks’ release of CIA hacking tools
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On March 7, WikiLeaks released documents leaked from a “high security” network within the CIA. The files, dubbed “Vault 7,” have been described by the whistleblowing site as the “largest ever publication of confidential documents” on the CIA.

READ MORE: Apple, Samsung, Microsoft: WikiLeaks blows lid on scale of CIA’s #Vault7 hacking arsenal

The documents purportedly hold details about the agency’s capabilities to tap into smartphones, televisions and messaging apps, even before encryption has been applied.

The CIA has refused to comment on the authenticity of the documents and the source of the leak has not been revealed. However, the incident has reignited fears about whether privacy can ever truly be guarded in the modern world.
Here’s what you need to know about the Vault 7 release:

- A treasure trove of spy material

WikiLeaks said the release is just 1 percent of the Vault 7 documents it has obtained. The first leak contains approximately 8,761 files and millions of codes, which allegedly originate from a CIA center in Langley, Virginia and date from 2013 to 2016.

The details provided so far by WikiLeaks read like a program hell-bent on gathering information that could be used to exploit security vulnerabilities in tech made by some of the world’s biggest manufacturers.

READ MORE: Amazon Echo shuts down over CIA #Vault7 connection query (VIDEO)

According to the leaks, malicious software capable of leaving false author fingerprints may also have been developed by the CIA, in order to pin the blame of global hacks on different nations.

“The technology is designed to be unaccountable, it’s designed to be untraceable, it’s designed to hide itself,” Assange said of the spy material. “It’s designed to throw off people looking to see where there are fingerprints that might demonstrate who authored that technology.”

READ MORE: Malware expert says ‘fingerprint’ switch shows past attacks blamed on Russia, China are work of CIA

- CIA ‘hacking arsenal’

Labelled a “hacking arsenal”by WikiLeaks, the documents offer information about a CIA Engineering Development Group (EDG) tasked with developing a “global covert hacking program.” The program includes ways to gather “geolocation, audio and text communications” from phones without people’s knowledge.

The leaks also state the CIA created malware and trojans to allow hackers to covertly take over computers. To date, Apple’s iOS operating system, Google’s Android phones, Telegram, WhatsApp and Microsoft Windows programs are said to have been targets.

The top selling television brand in 2015, Samsung, was also subject to the surreptitious advances by the CIA, according to WikiLeaks. The company’s smart television device was reportedly earmarked for a fake “off-mode” hack, through which audio could be secretly recorded.

READ MORE: WikiLeaks will give tech companies exclusive access to CIA #Vault7 hacking tools - Assange (VIDEO)

- Assange offers to coach companies on CIA tactics

In a livestream Thursday, Assange said WikiLeaks is prepared to offer its technical expertise to companies that have suffered “billions of dollars of damage” as a result of nation-state hacking.

“We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out,” he said.

Tech firms such as Samsung and Apple have since moved to allay customers’ fears, although company concern over unknown software vulnerabilities is palpable. “While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” Apple said.

Samsung said: “Protecting consumers’ privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority,” and added, “We are aware of the report in question and are urgently looking into the matter.”

Google says it is confident that its security updates have patched areas open to exploitation. However, it is continuing to carry out an investigation into their concerns. “Our analysis is ongoing and we will implement any further necessary protections,” the search engine giant told Recode.

Meanwhile, Microsoft told CNET that customers using Windows 10 are safe from “dated” vulnerabilities, saying: “We take security issues very seriously and are continuing a deeper analysis to determine if additional steps are necessary.”

Telegram, the encrypted messaging service, pointed out that it is up to the device and operating system manufacturers to plug gaps open to prying intelligence agencies. It added: “The tools from ‘Vault 7’ are like a map of [secret] tunnels. Now that device and OS manufacturers like Apple and Google will get this map, they can start filling in the holes and boarding up the passages.”

- Digital Geneva Convention

Outside of a scramble to secure products and maintain consumer trust, the WikiLeaks revelations have led to more broad suggestions on how to stem seemingly runaway government surveillance.

One such idea has been a so-called “Digital Geneva Convention,” mooted by Microsoft president Brad Smith in February and then promoted by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during a Vault 7 video stream.

The concept would most likely be symbolic and a benchmark for government cyber activities.

Microsoft’s vision of such a global consensus involves tech companies and private sector businesses being out of bounds for nation-state hacking. It also states that any cyber weapons developed by governments would not be “reusable.”

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WikiLeaks: New files show how CIA hides malware on Windows computers
By ERIC GELLER 04/07/17 11:40 AM EDT
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/wikileaks-cia-malware-microsoft- windows-237004

WikiLeaks on Friday released more files that it says reveal the CIA’s efforts to hack consumer electronics — this time focusing on flaws in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

The new batch of 27 documents includes alleged manuals for the spy agency’s Grasshopper program, which WikiLeaks says the CIA uses to build Windows malware. The online activist group had previously released files March 23 on the CIA's hacking of Apple Macs and iPhones, and March 31 on the agency's tools for thwarting investigators and antivirus programs.

Most of the documents describe how the CIA builds “persistence modules,” software that lets malware survive on a target machine despite reboots, reinstallations and other attempts to wipe the system clean.

One alleged persistence module, “Stolen Goods,” uses code from the Carberp malware tool, which is believed to come from Russia’s criminal hacker underground.

Some of the other modules — with code names like “Wheat,” “Crab” and “Buffalo” — smuggle malware onto a system and preserve it using Windows components like drivers and executable files. Another module, “Netman,” piggybacks on Windows’ network connection system.

WikiLeaks said its release of the files offered “directions for those seeking to defend their systems to identify any existing compromise.”

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