by John Gibson
Julian Assange's Wikileaks may have pulled off it's most audacious hack/leak yet. Assuming you believe what Assange and his hacking/thieving compatriots say.
Announced today in a press release, the Wiki bunch says the CIA "lost control" of its tippy top secret hacking "arsenal". That included " malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized 'zero day' exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation."
When the CIA lost control of the world's most sophisticated hacking tools, those tools were turned back on the CIA, and the Wiki bunch promptly retrieved all sorts of secrets on how the CIA can tap into your life by using your tv, or your iPhone, or your iPad, or your windows computer systems and Google phones.
If you were wondering in recent days how anybody might have surveilled people in the Trump organization, whether it was NSA director General Michael Flynn or Attorney General designee Senator Jeff Sessions, or any of the other lesser names occupying the Trump headquarters in Trump Tower, this CIA material released by Wikileaks might offer an explanation.
For instance, an 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."
For real cloak and dagger stuff, "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." However, the Wiki hackers do not say CIA has actually achieved "infecting vehicle control systems", so that's a maybe.
But more likely a successful effort: "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 includesnumerous 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."
Oh great. My iPhone. My MacBooks.
Or rather, Trump's. After all, those guys don't care about me. But they evidently do care about Trump.
There's more. Much more.
But I'll leave you with this: "'Year Zero' contains 7818 web pages with 943 attachments from the internal development groupware."
A lot of reading.
A lot of revelations.