WikiLeaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

WikiLeaks publishes 'entire hacking capacity of the CIA'

After WikiLeaks dumped more than 8,000 documents leaked from inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence, Apple said it had already fixed most of the exploits the agency had found to hack into iPhones.

But the scandal may be hard for the Central Intelligence Agency to ignore in the long run, as it may spark "a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons", WikiLeaks anonymous source said.

The CIA apparently was also looking at infecting vehicle control systems as a way of potentially enabling "undetectable assassinations", according to WikiLeaks.

An army of hackers at the CIA has amassed an arsenal of malware, some of which is used to turn smartphones and smart TVs into microphones, according to documents released Tuesday that Wikileaks says come from inside the agency.

However, WikiLeaks now says it will share what it knows about the CIA's hacking tools with tech companies so the companies can plug those security holes.

But a CIA spokesman would not confirm the authenticity of the materials published by WikiLeaks, which said they were leaked from the spy agency's hacking operations. This appear to be where investigators are now focusing their attention.

The release showed WikiLeaks's readiness to continue publishing secret material on the United States despite having been severely criticized in Washington for last year's leaks of materials that damaged Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.

USA intelligence sources say the data released by WikiLeaks is being examined to determine the authenticity of the alleged leak.

"We have made a decision to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out, " he said.

The leak, dubbed "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, will once again raise questions about the inability of U.S. spy agencies to protect secret documents in the digital age.

The problem is that the hacking tools, according to Wikileaks, can be copied or pirated at little to no cost.

One possibility is that the leaks may force the government to disclose the vulnerabilities to tech companies through the Vulnerability Equities Process, but even if this happens, it is likely to take considerable time. "The American public should be deeply troubled by any Wikileaks disclosure created to damage the intelligence community's ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries", CIA spokesman Ryan Tripani said.

"Such disclosures not only jeopardise U.S. personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm".

Gus Hosein, executive director of the Privacy International campaign group, said: "The fact that the USA government was identifying ways to undermine security of commonly used consumer devices and are even talking about hacking automobiles, that flies in the face of the Obama Administration's response to the Snowden revelations". In a statement late Tuesday, it said its initial analysis showed that the latest version of the iOS system software for iPhones and iPads fixed many of those flaws.

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