Vault 7 – Wikileaks – CIA Hacks Everything

The CIA hacks EVERYTHING! They can hack cars, medical equipment, phones, tv’s, refrigerators… These products they hack are mostly American products. They even have a hacking unit in Germany that was exposed.

We learn today that the CIA can fake Russian fingerprints onto attacks and communications. How deep does the Obama Administration interference go to implicate Russia & Trump?

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is 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. It follows an introductory disclosure last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.

Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized “zero day” exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. 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 U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.

“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.

Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The CIA found itself building not just its now infamous drone fleet, but a very different type of covert, globe-spanning force — its own substantial fleet of hackers. The agency’s hacking division freed it from having to disclose its often controversial operations to the NSA (its primary bureaucratic rival) in order to draw on the NSA’s hacking capacities.

By the end of 2016, the CIA’s hacking division, which formally falls under the agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other “weaponized” malware[…]

In a statement to WikiLeaks the source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public, including whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency. The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.

Once a single cyber ‘weapon’ is ‘loose’ it can spread around the world in seconds, to be used by rival states, cyber mafia and teenage hackers alike.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor stated that “There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber ‘weapons‘[…]

Wikileaks has carefully reviewed the “Year Zero” disclosure and published substantive CIA documentation while avoiding the distribution of ‘armed’ cyberweapons until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA’s program and how such ‘weapons’ should analyzed, disarmed and published.

Wikileaks has also decided to redact and anonymise some identifying information in “Year Zero” for in depth analysis. These redactions include ten of thousands of CIA targets and attack machines throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States[…]

Analysis

CIA malware targets iPhone, Android, smart TVs
CIA malware and hacking tools are built by EDG (Engineering Development Group), a software development group within CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence), a department belonging to the CIA’s DDI (Directorate for Digital Innovation). The DDI is one of the five major directorates of the CIA (see this organizational chart of the CIA for more details)[…]

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.

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.

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.

Despite iPhone’s minority share (14.5%) of the global smart phone market in 2016, a specialized unit in the CIA’s Mobile Development Branch produces malware to infest, control and exfiltrate data from iPhones and other Apple products running iOS, such as iPads. CIA’s arsenal includes numerous local and remote “zero days” developed by CIA or obtained from GCHQ, NSA, FBI or purchased from cyber arms contractors such as Baitshop. The disproportionate focus on iOS may be explained by the popularity of the iPhone among social, political, diplomatic and business elites.

A similar unit targets Google’s Android which is used to run the majority of the world’s smart phones (~85%) including Samsung, HTC and Sony. 1.15 billion Android powered phones were sold last year. “Year Zero” shows that as of 2016 the CIA had 24 “weaponized” Android “zero days” which it has developed itself and obtained from GCHQ, NSA and cyber arms contractors.

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.

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15 Responses to Vault 7 – Wikileaks – CIA Hacks Everything

  1. MadBrad says:

    Years ago an old Naval Intelligence guy explained that anything that can receive a signal can be made into a transmitter remotely. That is to say, a Clock Radio can become a microphone by way of a remote signal. The only thing that the owner will notice is that the radio doesn’t work anymore.

    I’ve never for a minute believed that any intelligence agency does not have the capability to electronically spy on anyone at any time. I have always believed that they DO spy on anyone at any time, regardless of whether or not its legal because they will never get caught and if they do there will be no consequences. None of the capabilities described in this WikiLeaks dump surprises me.

    What I think is utterly damaging about the information that has made public here are the methodologies involved. It’s interesting to see how a CIA hack can be made to look like a Russian hack. There’s a lot of information there that is going to reveal a lot about our methods of operations to our enemies, adversaries and potential adversaries.

    Even more intriguing is imagining who the source is and what their motives are. Is there a Deep State Civil War going on right now that we don’t know about? I think this might be evidence that there is.

  2. MadBrad says:

    Time to buy stock in Tracfone?

    • notamobster says:

      Be nice if I could buy stock in the company that offers refill minutes…

      This is shaping up to be quite the deep state civil war, isn’t it?

      As for methods, they haven’t yet released any of the actual coding, so it’s just conceptual information at this point, and anyone who didn’t know we had all the available told of the trade at Central intelligence, is too dumb to get out of their own way, anyway.

  3. MadBrad says:

    The newly popularized term “Deep State” has really caught on with me. There was a time when a term like that would have been considered to be popular only on the Alex Jones Radio Show. Nowadays it just seems logical and most likely that the Deep State is real. Now we hear calls for the President to purge all Obama appointees as a means of defending against those who will work to hobble the President. That may actually be called for but you will see the beginning of a future where political affiliations will be what makes and breaks the career of a perhaps otherwise capable and faithful public servant.

    I think there will be a good way of knowing whether or not a Civil War exists within the Deep State. If there is a schism at CIA, there will be some mysterious deaths in and around the Washington D.C. Area. Nothing new there really but maybe this time the casualty rate will be higher and as such will not escape notice.

    • notamobster says:

      The deep state is the bureaucracy. It’s why the driver changes but the bus just keeps plodding along, unabated.

      • miforest says:

        get jesus on the ballot RD and I’m right therewith you. Until then our choices are limited and we have to fight the battle whit who we got, not waiting for some perfect savior to come along.

        we cannot make the perfect the enemy of the good. or in some cases just better than the alternative.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Who are you going to trust? The weaponized IRS that asked religious organizations for the content of their prayers? The gunwalking, fast and furious BATF? The Justice Department? The CIA? The FBI? The EPA? Nope, all compromised as hell. I wouldn’t take my eyes off them for a second.

      So where does that leave you? Trusting Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and company? On what would that trust be based? No thank you.

      I will trust in Jesus. Nothing else rates.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Obama left us with a completely corrupt, weaponized federal government. Call it the “deep state” if you want but that implies more than is necessary. It is a corrupt state.

        I can’t help but fear that putting the new administration in charge of that is exactly analogous to throwing Brer Rabbit in the briar patch.

        Somebody called the 2016 election the “Flight 93 Election” because it was time for Americans to storm the cockpit and stop what was happening.

        I think that author was right… and it will likely end just like Flight 93 ended.

        Fasten your seat belts… No. Don’t bother.

        • notamobster says:

          Yeah, I don’t trust any of them, but the idea we have (that the options aren’t binary) isn’t a terribly popular one.

          The whole thing is gonna end in a burning hole in the ground… Great analogy.

      • MadBrad says:

        Your conclusion is the correct one. They can do what they want but they aren’t in control.

      • miforest says:

        get him on the ballot and I’m right therewith you. Untill then our choices are limited and we have to fight the battle whit who we got, not waiting for some perfect savior to come along.

        we cannot make the perfect the enemy of the good. or in some cases just better than the alternative.

        • Ben says:

          This comment makes no sense? Get who on the ballot? Jesus?

          Not trusting Trump is not making the enemy of the good.

          The point of the statement was that we wouldn’t trust anyone short of Jesus.

          Not Ted Cruz, Not the reincarnation of Jonh Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Madison, Adams or Coolidge.

        • MadBrad says:

          Jesus Christ is in control with or without your vote or recognition of that fact. It seems as if you are giving too much credit to people who might not even be around tomorrow.

  4. Squib Load says:

    Whoever these leakers are, they are brave, and I’m glad they have the courage to do this.

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