Whistleblower group Wikileaks has released thousands of CIA files that allegedly showed how the intelligence agency hacks smartphones and other electronics.
There are almost 8000 pages in the leaked documents, and Wikileaks says it’s only a “portion” of the grand document.
It says in statement: “Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized ‘zero day’ exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA. The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”
The files also claimed that the CIA and National Security Agency used the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany as a major hacking and listening post.
Per ABC News, the documents show “a large effort undertaken by CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence to find ways to turn consumer electronic devices from smart TVs to Google Android and Apple IOS devices, including smartphones and tablets, into remotely activated spy devices. The files detail efforts made to access messages before they are encrypted by security apps or to turn on the phone or to activate the tablet’s camera and microphone without the owner’s awareness.”
British intelligence agencies MI5 and GCHQ were also implicated, as being part of the efforts to hack home devices.
Apple on its part, has assured users of their privacy as long as they remain updated to the latest operating system.
Apple said, “While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.”
The CIA has refused to comment on the authenticity of the files. CIA spokesperson Jonathan Liu said: “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.”