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Wikileaks drops massive trove of alleged Central Intelligence Agency spying docs

Wikileaks drops massive trove of alleged Central Intelligence Agency spying docs

Wikileaks latest trove of documents, which allegedly show technical details of the Central Intelligence Agency's hacking arsenal, may neuter USA abilities to conduct cyber-offensive operations.

A CIA spokesman would not comment "on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents", the Wall Street Journal reported.

If it did prove legitimate, the dump would represent yet another catastrophic breach for the US intelligence community at the hands of WikiLeaks and its allies, which have repeatedly humbled Washington with the mass release of classified material, including hundreds of thousands of documents from the State Department and the Pentagon.

In what it called the "largest ever publication" of stolen CIA documents, WikiLeaks' released documents that appear to describe hacking tools used by the agency.

Microsoft and Google told USA TODAY they are looking into the matter.

Snowden also said the it is unsafe as it gives free reigns to hackers to break into any smartphones in the world. The documents also detail how the government has allegedly hacked into smart TV's, in particular those made by Samsung. Russian intelligence have form for feeding WikiLeaks data. A quick read of the Wikileaks descriptions of the documents make it very clear that these operations would have had a high degree of security attached to them.

This morning, WikiLeaks posted a new cache of files, this time from the CIA, comprising more than 8,700 documents pertaining to the agency's covert hacking program.

WikiLeaks is questioning the reason for the extent of the CIA's ability to develop such hacking tools and whether its capabilities go beyond its mandate. The WikiLeaks statement alleged that the intelligence agency has a specific unit that uses malware to "infest, control and exfiltrate data from iPhones and other Apple products running iOS, such as iPads".

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

Among other disclosures that, if confirmed, would rock the technology world, the WikiLeaks release said that the CIA and allied intelligence services had managed to bypass encryption on popular phone and messaging services such as Signal, WhatsApp and Telegram. "Weaping Angel" appears to target Samsung smart TVs, which drew criticism on release for their always-on voice command system.

WikiLeaks decided not to publish the weapons themselves "until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA's program and how such "weapons" should analyzed, disarmed and published".

Among the more notable allegations from the "Year Zero" release were that the Central Intelligence Agency was exploring the idea of infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks and also that the Central Intelligence Agency loves memes.

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