JULIAN ASSANGE has published a new cache of leaked documents deep from within the heart of the CIA – Assange calls this latest leak VAULT 7.  It includes hundreds of thousands of lines of HACKING CODE which was developed by the CIA to covertly transform home appliances – such as televisions – into spying devices.  The CIA has yet again been found to be using American taxpayers’ dollars to spy on, er, American taxpayers!

Wikileaks have not only published secret documents – but they have also published the actual HACKING APPS and HACKING CODE which the CIA have been using illegally to invade the privacy of ordinary everyday citizens worldwide.
Perhaps the most surprising revelation is that the CIA have created a GLOBAL HACKING APP which they describe as ‘WEEPING ANGEL’.  This is a hacker’s wet dream and causes data from every citizen’s laptop and phone to ‘weep’ data, which absorbs bandwidth which consumers pay for, and sends private and confidential information to the CIA 24 hours per day.

According to Julian Assange, THE WAR AGAINST TERROR [T.W.A.T.] has seen billions of dollars spent on HACKING INNOCENT PEOPLE’S ANDROID & APPLE DEVICES.  In it’s latest and highly embarrassing publication, Wikileaks reveals that CIA malware and hacking tools are built by EDG (the Engineering Development Group), which is allegedly a software development group within CCI (the 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…  It seems that rather than investing billions in tracking terrorists – the CIA has instead been spying on ordinary people by way of PHONE HACKING!

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According to Wikileaks, the EDG is responsible for the development, testing and operational support of all backdoors, exploits, malicious payloads, trojans, viruses and any other kind of malware used by the CIA in its covert operations world-wide…

Perhaps the most telling part of the leaked ‘VAULT 7’ cache is that there is absolutely no indication nor proof that any actual terrorist has ever had any other devices hacked – but there are references to how hacked data stolen from ordinary consumers can be ‘data pinched’ and illegally sucked out of TVs, laptops and even fridges connected to the so called ‘Internet of Everything’!

The other telling secret is that the CIA have invested in hacking people’s private data WORLDWIDE – in ALL countries – and have not restricted themselves to just infecting and hacking within the borders of the USA.
It seems that Android and PC users are the first casualties in this global hacking attack orchestrated by the CIA.  The CIA have invested in a very substantial effort to hack, infect and control Microsoft Windows users with its malware. Yes – this latest Wikileak is very embarrassing – because it suggests that a lot of PC viruses have been placed on your laptop by the CIA!

The leaked CIA documents refer to 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 (known as “Brutal Kangaroo”) and to keep its malware infestations going…
 

THE WEEPING ANGEL…

Not surprisingly, Julian Assange has drawn comparisons to George Orwell’s 1984. Perhaps the creepiest revelation is a hacking tool which the CIA developed and named “Weeping Angel”.  According to Wikileaks, it has been developed by the CIA’s Embedded Devices Branch (EDB), which infests smart TVs, transforming them into covert microphones, is surely its most un-democratic Frankenstein monster…

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.
 

“Niet! It wasn’t me hacking your child’s games console – it was the CIA pretending to be me!”
CIA Pretends to be Russian Hacker…

The CIA have developed a hacking toolkit which apes and mimics the hacking techniques used by other spy agencies and cyber criminals.  According to Assange, this allows the CIA to make claims that hacks were perpetrated by, say, the Russians…

Assange explains on the Wikileaks website that each hacking technique forms a “digital fingerprint” that can be used by forensic data investigators to attribute hacks to a certain suspect – and the CIA have built a hacking tool which mimics these techniques.

The CIA have a hacking tool which over-writes their hack with the forensic ‘fingerprint’ typically used by – say – the Russian spy agencies. Assange has published the raw code to this too!

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.
The moral of this story is: when the CIA claim ‘The RUSSIANS DID IT’ – they probably didn’t!