Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:53 pm Post subject: Wikileaks publishes massive trove on US electronic spying
WikiLeaks publishes massive trove of CIA spying files in 'Vault 7' release
Julian Assange claims that documents are the most comprehensive CIA release ever and are far larger than the Snowden files
Andrew Griffin @_andrew_griffin 3 hours ago236 comments
WikiLeaks has published a huge trove of what appear to be CIA spying secrets.
The files are the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public, according to Julian Assange. In all, there are 8,761 documents that account for "the entire hacking capacity of the CIA", Mr Assange claimed in a release, and the trove is just the first of a series of "Vault 7" leaks.
Already, the files include far more pages than the Snowden files that exposed the vast hacking power of the NSA and other agencies.
In publishing the documents, WikiLeaks had ensured that the CIA had "lost control of its arsenal", he claimed. That included a range of software and exploits that if real could allow unparalleled control of computers around the world.
It includes software that could allow people to take control of the most popular consumer electronics products used today, claimed WikiLeaks.
"'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 turned into covert microphones," the organisation said in a release.
The public files don't include the cyber weapons themselves, according to a statement. The organisation will refrain from distributing "armed" software "until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA's program and how such 'weapons' should analyzed, disarmed and published", it said.
The thought is beginning to occur to me ... it's just too cute. The Democrats start picking off Trump nominees based on powers mandated to parts of the state in order to protect national security -- except they are being used for partisan political purposes. Which is not kosher.
Then Levin makes his revelations, and they are ignored. (His group, the Heritage Foundation, are the ones who found Hillary's rogue server.) So Trump issues his tweet about being wiretapped by Obama. It is over the top in terms of what can factually be proven, but it also probably true. Obama's fingerprints may not be on any documents but Obama would certainly have known about it and allowed it to continue.
Trump's tweet puts a spotlight on the issue, and the only outcome can be to hurt the accusers -- because the security establishment IS revealing that foreign ambassadors are recorded, and the ARE using the association as fodder for American politics.
And now Wikileaks presents us with a big data dump on exactly that subject! it reveals the size and scale of American surveillance, as it exists right now, not into the future. This is not science fiction.
As an aside, we can watch Canadian media and see the coverage it gets. What's the bet you'd learn more from British papers than you would from the New York Times or the Washington Post?
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Wikileaks publishes massive trove on US electronic spying