Whistleblower Edward Snowden already warned us about the surveillance/invasion of privacy tactics of government agencies, but now, WikiLeaks has published alleged docs revealing spying efforts by the C.I.A.
The website published thousands of new documents on Tuesday (March 7) allegedly obtained from the C.I.A. that reveal that the U.S. government is/was spying on citizens via consumer electronics and software.
WikiLeaks says the leak is the first of a series of documents to come, which they refer to as “Vault 7” and call “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the [CIA].” There’s said to be 8,761 documents and files in all, the bulk of which focuses on the CIA’s methods to bypass encryption used to prevent hacking and spying.
The leak details a list of the CIA’s hacking tools, which are used to break into phones, computers and smart TVs. There’s also instructions on how to exploit a wide range of common computer software, such as Skype, Wi-Fi networks, PDF documents, and even antivirus programs, which is ironically used by millions to protect their computers. There’s even a program that it uses to steal passwords, using the autocomplete functions of Internet Explorer.
Another in-house program called “Weeping Angel” allows the government to hack into Samsung smart TVs and use its microphone to listen to conversations. The program also uses something called the “fake-off” mode, which allows them to listen in, even if the TV is turned off.
Furthermore, CIA malware targets popular devices like the iPhone, Google’s Android software and Microsoft Windows.