A missile control system developed by US defense contractor Raytheon is detailed in the CIA’s project ‘Protego,’ shared by WikiLeaks as part of the ‘Vault7’ series. WikiLeaks said the project differed to the “usual” malware development project from the CIA, with no indication as to why it’s contained within a repository of hacking techniques.
The release details micro-controller units which exchange data and signals over encrypted and authenticated channels, used on-board Pratt & Whitney aircraft equipped with missile launch systems. ‘Master Processor’ and ‘Deployment Box’ systems are on board the flight, with micro-controllers for the missile.Read more
Wikileaks published another collection of files purportedly from the United States Central Intelligence Agency, the latest of which focuses on a framework used to infect machines using Windows operating systems.
The release unveiled a CIA program called Angelfire, which consists of a five-part framework that can maintain a persistent backdoor on an infected machine and execute custom implants that give the agency additional access to the device. Angelfire operates in five parts, each of which allowing the intelligence agency to lodge itself deeper into an infected machine to maintain access to files and information on the targeted device.Read more
Anyone relying on the CIA for tech support got a nasty surprise this morning, as documents published by Wikileaks revealed a secret project to siphon out data through its technical liaison service, dating back to 2009.
The program, called ExpressLane, is designed to be deployed alongside a biometric collection system that the CIA provides to partner agencies. In theory, those partners are agreeing to provide the CIA with access to specific biometric data — but on the off-chance those partners are holding out on them, ExpressLane gives the agency a way to take it without anyone knowing. ExpressLane masquerades as a software update.Read more
After disclosing CIA's strategies to hijack and manipulate webcams and microphones to corrupt or delete recordings, WikiLeaks has now published another Vault 7 leak, revealing CIA's ability to spy on video streams remotely in real-time.
Dubbed 'CouchPotato,' document leaked details how the CIA agents use a remote tool to stealthy collect video streams. CouchPotato gives CIA hackers ability to "collect either the stream as a video file (AVI) or capture still images (JPG) of frames from the stream that are of significant change from a previously captured frame," a leaked CIA manual reads.Read more
A new hacking tool used by the CIA has been revealed by WikiLeaks. The tool disables security cameras and corrupts recordings made on computers using Windows XP and newer versions of the Microsoft operating system. Dubbed 'Dumbo', it requires an agent to directly access a computer that holds the recordings using a USB thumb drive.
WikiLeaks released information about project Dumbo on its website today. WikiLeaks said: 'Dumbo can identify, control and manipulate monitoring and detection systems on a target computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system.Read more
The CIA’s alleged ability to trojan an Apple OS disk image has been exposed in ‘Imperial,’ the latest release from WikiLeaks Vault 7 series. This new batch is made of three hacking exploits, ‘Achilles,’ ‘SeaPea’ and ‘Aeris.’
‘Achilles’ is detailed by WikiLeaks in a statement as producing one or more operators to access an OS X disk image, and execute operations one time. The OS X disk image contains the contents and structure of the device’s storage. Intel Core 2 Processor and OS X are required on the target's computer for ‘Achilles’ to operate. ‘Imperial’ is part of a series by the whistleblowers named ‘Vault 7’ which began in March and has seen releases from WikiLeaks on an almost weekly basis.Read more
As part of its ongoing Vault 7 leaks, the whistleblower organisation WikiLeaks today revealed about a CIA contractor responsible for analysing advanced malware and hacking techniques being used in the wild by cyber criminals.
According to the documents leaked by WikiLeaks, Raytheon Blackbird Technologies, the Central Intelligence Agency contractor, submitted nearly five such reports to CIA as part of UMBRAGE Component Library (UCL) project between November 2014 and September 2015. These reports contain brief analysis about proof-of-concept ideas and malware attack vectors.Read more
Elon Musk’s thoughts on artificial intelligence are pretty well known at this point. He famously compared work on AI to “summoning the demon,” and has warned time and time again that the technology poses an existential risk to humanity.
At a gathering of US governors this weekend, he repeated these sentiments, but also stressed something he says is even more important: that governments need to start regulating AI now. “I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” Musk told attendees at the National Governors Association summer meeting on Saturday.Read more
Wikileaks published another set of documents Thursday. The latest release of files purportedly from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) details a piece of malicious software for Android devices.
The malware, referred to as Highrise, can redirect or intercept text messages sent to a target’s phone, allowing a CIA agent to access it before it lands in the inbox of the person it was intended for. HighRise acts as a proxy server for text messages, bouncing the messages to internet “listening posts” that allow an agent to intercept them. While the malicious software provides the CIA with a powerful snooping tool, there is a major limitation to Highrise.Read more
WikiLeaks has today published the 15th batch of its ongoing Vault 7 leak, this time detailing two alleged CIA implants that allowed the agency to intercept and exfiltrate SSH (Secure Shell) credentials from targeted Windows and Linux operating systems using different attack vectors.
Secure Shell or SSH is a cryptographic network protocol used for remote login to machines and servers securely over an unsecured network. Dubbed BothanSpy — implant for Microsoft Windows Xshell client, and Gyrfalcon — targets the OpenSSH client on various distributions of Linux OS.Read more