according to Assange also could be extradited to the United States, where he could be prosecuted for WikiLeaks’ release of classified U.S. embassy cables.
The programs allowed the CIA to tap into phones — Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows — and Samsung smart TVs, WikiLeaks said.
Wikileaks said the CIA Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Va., “lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal.”
CIA spokesman Dean Boyd told The New York Times, “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.”
March 7 (UPI) — WikiLeaks on Tuesday released what it says are thousands of documents that detail the Central Intelligence Agency’s methods of hacking into electronic devices.
WikiLeaks publishes CIA trove alleging wide scale hacking
As it stated in “One of the purported CIA malware programs is described in the WikiLeaks documents as a “simple DLL hijacking attempt” that had been tested against Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7 operating systems.
“WikiLeaks said 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.
“There’s no question that there’s a fire drill going on right now,” said Jake Williams, a security expert with Augusta, Georgia-based Rendition Infosec.
“It wouldn’t surprise me that there are people changing careers – and ending careers – as we speak.
“I can’t fathom anyone fabricated that amount of operational security concern,” he said.
WikiLeaks reveals CIA trove alleging wide-scale hacking – The Denver Post
As it stated in In the new trove, programmers also posted instructions for how to access user names and passwords in popular internet browsers like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
It took advantage of files Microsoft built into Windows since at least 10 years ago.
Missing from WikiLeaks’ trove are the actual hacking tools themselves, some of which were developed by government hackers while others were purchased from outsiders.
One document discusses hacking vehicle systems, indicating the CIA’s interest in hacking modern cars with sophisticated on-board computers.
WikiLeaks claimed the CIA used both its Langley, Virginia, headquarters and the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, as bases for its covert hackers.
collected by :John Smith