WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of What it Says are CIA Documents

The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs, and pretty much any type of computer.

Wikileaks said in its press release that Year Zero introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of zero-day weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are apparently turned into covert microphones.

"'Year Zero" introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of "zero day' weaponized exploits against a wide range of US and European company products, include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones", WikiLeaks wrote.

The CIA has built up a formidable cyber hacking division that has amassed ways to control smart phones worldwide and turn on the microphones in Samsung smart televisions, WikiLeaks said Tuesday. He said he knows of one case of WikiLeaks deliberately neglecting to include a document in a data release and one case of WikiLeaks deliberately mislabeling stolen data, "but no cases yet of deliberately fraudulent information".

Other files, some classified as "top secret", detail sensitive reflashing procedures for modern iPhones, which allow the cyber unit to configure devices to a particular operating system and setting, in order to carry out "exploits and implants for high priority target cell phones for intelligence collection".

WikiLeaks said it redacted and removed some identifying information in the content, including tens of thousands of "CIA targets and attack machines" in Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. Last year, WikiLeaks disclosed documents from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Though primarily thought of as an agency that recruits spies, the CIA has taken on a larger role in electronic espionage over the past decade.

So far, experts who have had a look say the document dump looks authentic.

The release also outlines government attempts to hack auto software systems and iPhones.

WikiLeaks said its data also included a "substantial library" of digital espionage techniques borrowed from other countries, including Russian Federation.

The CIA neither confirmed nor denied the legitimacy of the leak. The agency can supposedly use the microphones in smartphones, computers and smart TVs to listen in whenever it wants to, even when these devices are shut off.

Also compromised, according to the documents, were Samsung smart TVs.

WikiLeaks also claims that the CIA worked with United Kingdom intelligence officials to turn microphones in Samsung smart TVs into listening devices. In spite of Wikileaks' claims, it is only a small fraction of the CIA's total arsenal.

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