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    WikiLeaks releases entire hacking capacity of the CIA

    I don't think this fit in any other thread.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/07...acity-cia.html

    WikiLeaks releases 'entire hacking capacity of the CIA'
    WikiLeaks on Tuesday released what it said is the full hacking capacity of the CIA in a stunning 8,000-plus page disclosure the anti-secrecy website contends is “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”

    The 8,761 documents and files -- released as “Vault 7 Part 1” and titled “Year Zero” -- were obtained from an “isolated, high-security network” at the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Va., a press release from the website said. The trove had been “circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors,” one of whom “recently” gave the archive to WikiLeaks. The CIA allegedly employs more than 5,000 people in its cyber spying operation and had produced more than 1,000 programs as of 2016.

    “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents," a CIA spokesperson told Fox News.

    The collection of purported intelligence documents includes information on CIA-developed malware -- bearing names such as “Assassin” and “Medusa” -- intended to target iPhones, Android phones, smart TVs and Microsoft, Mac and Linux operating systems, among others. An entire unit in the CIA is devoted to inventing programs to hack data from Apple products, according to WikiLeaks.

    Some of the remote hacking programs can allegedly turn numerous electronic devices into recording and transmitting stations to spy on their targets, with the information then sent back to secret CIA servers. One document appears to show the CIA was trying to “infect” vehicle control systems in cars and trucks for unspecified means.

    WikiLeaks hinted that the capabilites revealed in Tuesday's disclosure could have even darker utility than simply spying.

    “It would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations,” the release stated.

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    WikiLeaks #Vault7 confirms CIA can effectively bypass Signal + Telegram + WhatsApp + Confide encryptionhttps://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1
    9:29 AM - 7 Mar 2017

    The site said the CIA additionally failed to disclose security vulnerabilities and bugs to major U.S. software manufacturers, violating an Obama administration commitment made in January 2014. Instead, the agency used the software vulnerabilities -- which could also be exploited by rival agencies, nations and groups -- for its own ends, WikiLeaks said.

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    CIA hackers celebrated what they saw as the financial largesse of Obama towards them with "Make It Rain" gifhttps://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/files/makeitrain.gif …
    9:57 AM - 7 Mar 2017

    “As an example, specific CIA malware revealed in ‘Year Zero’ is able to penetrate, infest and control both the Android phone and iPhone software that runs or has run presidential Twitter accounts,” the WikiLeaks release stated.

    Digital rights non-profit Access Now said in a statement on Tuesday it was "fantasy to believe only the 'good guys'" would be able to use the discovered vulnerabilities.

    “Today, our digital security has been compromised because the CIA has been stockpiling vulnerabilities rather than working with companies to patch them," Senior Legislative Manager Nathan White said.

    The CIA allegedly also maintains a database of malware created in other nations -- WikiLeaks specifically cites Russia -- in order to disguise its own hacking attempts as the work of another group.

    In what is described by WikiLeaks as "one of the most astounding intelligence own goals in living memory," the CIA is said to have made most of its programs unclassified to avoid legal consequences for transmitting classified information through the Internet -- a move that increased the risk of outside groups pirating the cyber spying tools.

    WikiLeaks also revealed the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt is a hacking base, and the website provided the methods by which agents obfuscate customs officers to gain entry to Germany, pretending to provide technical consultation.

    WikiLeaks said its source released the files because they believed questions surrounding the CIA’s reach “urgently need to be debated in public,” echoing the motives of many previous leakers.

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    PSA: This incorrectly implies CIA hacked these apps / encryption. But the docs show iOS/Android are what got hacked - a much bigger problem. https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/839120909625606152

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    Still working through the publication, but what @Wikileaks has here is genuinely a big deal. Looks authentic.
    11:53 AM - 7 Mar 2017

    One such former leaker, Edward Snowden, tweeted Tuesday afternoon about the WikiLeaks release.

    "Still working through the publication, but what @Wikileaks has here is genuinely a big deal. Looks authentic," wrote Snowden, who has been granted asylum in Russia as he seeks to avoid criminal prosecution in the U.S.

    Some of the WikiLeaks files include redacted information, such as tens “of thousands of CIA targets and attack machines throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States.”

    I bold the part about Russia.
    The CIA allegedly also maintains a database of malware created in other nations -- WikiLeaks specifically cites Russia -- in order to disguise its own hacking attempts as the work of another group.
    CIA can do the hacking and make it look like it's being done from Russia.


    lengthy write up from the wikileaks website.
    https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/


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    Interesting stuff.

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    this is just the beginning.



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    Special, are you for or against this info being released?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManRam View Post
    Special, are you for or against this info being released?
    I can honestly see both sides of the argument. wikileaks is not exactly a friend of America releasing such information, and depending on what is released it could put American in danger. but on the other side you have government going well beyond what they should be doing and the public should be made aware of that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ManRam View Post
    Special, are you for or against this info being released?
    Surprised you didn't get a clear answer to your question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialFNK View Post
    I can honestly see both sides of the argument. wikileaks is not exactly a friend of America releasing such information, and depending on what is released it could put American in danger. but on the other side you have government going well beyond what they should be doing and the public should be made aware of that.
    I actually think this is a fair. I'm sure it's really more of a "who does this make look good or bad" thing, but whatever.

    I don't think I have to reiterate my opinion...I made it very clear when discussing Chelsea Manning. I think the intelligence community and government will always overblow the national security risk when these things leak. The info we gained from those leaks were hugely important, and no one was put in risk.

    I'm all for transparency. I think it's great we're finding out about this. I have my issues with Assange and question his motives at times, but the more we know the more free we are and the healthier our "democracy". This is great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialFNK View Post
    I can honestly see both sides of the argument. wikileaks is not exactly a friend of America releasing such information, and depending on what is released it could put American in danger. but on the other side you have government going well beyond what they should be doing and the public should be made aware of that.
    Isn't this the same quandary as Snowden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialFNK View Post
    I can honestly see both sides of the argument. wikileaks is not exactly a friend of America releasing such information, and depending on what is released it could put American in danger. but on the other side you have government going well beyond what they should be doing and the public should be made aware of that.
    Omg!!

    Who are you and what have you done to FNK??


    This post is shockingly coherent

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialFNK View Post
    I can honestly see both sides of the argument. wikileaks is not exactly a friend of America releasing such information, and depending on what is released it could put American in danger. but on the other side you have government going well beyond what they should be doing and the public should be made aware of that.
    I think many of us feel this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valade16 View Post
    Isn't this the same quandary as Snowden?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crovash View Post
    I think many of us feel this way.
    Well that's because it is certainly not a black or white issue. There are a million different ways to look at it. I tend to believe that government secrets are that way for a reason, but in many cases when you allow something to stay secret with no check or balance, then somehow everything has to remain secret regardless of actual content just because they can do so.

    Sadly there is no right answer and that fact obfuscates the discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbroncos78087 View Post
    Sadly there is no right answer and that fact obfuscates the discussion.
    There are very rarely any "right answers" on issues of political difference - just answers that more closely align with one's political ideals. The dogmatic divide has been broached on this Wikileaks stuff because you'd have to be insane to read it all and say "yeah I trust those government men and the things they say they will do." It certainly does make one ponder the wisdom of turning over more power and control over citizens' lives to the government, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmmahhh View Post
    Surprised you didn't get a clear answer to your question.
    I guess it would have been better if I dug in to "my side" regardless of information?



    Quote Originally Posted by ManRam View Post
    I actually think this is a fair. I'm sure it's really more of a "who does this make look good or bad" thing, but whatever.

    I don't think I have to reiterate my opinion...I made it very clear when discussing Chelsea Manning. I think the intelligence community and government will always overblow the national security risk when these things leak. The info we gained from those leaks were hugely important, and no one was put in risk.

    I'm all for transparency. I think it's great we're finding out about this. I have my issues with Assange and question his motives at times, but the more we know the more free we are and the healthier our "democracy". This is great.
    I think it could depend on what is leaked. with only 1% of the leak so far we will see. if they lets say leak out names of Americans undercover overseas then it's going to put them in danger.

    if government is going beyond what it should/ do and question of them doing something illegal then a release makes the public aware because government shouldn't be doing what they're doing. if it wasn't for the leak the government would have continued doing something questionable/illegal and had no reason to stop.


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