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WikiLeaks’ latest disclosure of CIA cyber-tools can Blow Cover on Hacking Operations

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FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain, Feb. 5, 2016. VOA

April 1, 2017: WikiLeaks latest disclosure of CIA cyber-tools reveals a technique used by the agency to hide its digital tracks, potentially blowing the cover on hacking operations aimed at gathering intelligence on foreign targets, the media reported.

The release on Friday of the Central Intelligence Agency’s “Marble Framework” comes less than a month after the WikiLeaks disclosed a trove of files — dubbed “Vault 7” — that described the type of malware and methods the CIA uses to gain access to targets’ phones, computers and other electronic devices, The Washington Post reported.

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The material includes the secret source code of an “obfuscation” technique used by the CIA so its malware can evade detection by anti-virus systems.

The technique is used by all professional hackers, whether they work for the National Security Agency, Moscow’s FSB security agency or the Chinese military.

Since the code contains a specific algorithm — a digital fingerprint of sorts — it can now be used to identify CIA hacking operations that had previously been detected but not attributed, The Washington Post said.

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In response, CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said late Friday: “Dictators and terrorists have no better friend in the world than Julian Assange, as theirs is the only privacy he protects.”

It said “the American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries,” The Washington Post quoted Boid as saying.

“Such disclosures not only jeopardise US personnel and operations but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm,” he added. (IANS)

  • JCDavis

    “Dictators and terrorists have no better friend in the world than Julian Assange, as theirs is the only privacy he protects.”–CIA

    A really dumb comment from the CIA. Wikileaks is in the business of exposing the dirty laundry of governments, not in protecting privacy. And what the CIA is doing with this hacking tool is very bad. It is false flag stuff that could get us into wars and bring down our own government. The CIA if long overdue for some real oversight. And failing that, should be defunded and closed.

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Central Intelligence Agency to Make a Debut on Instagram

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) already have official Instagram accounts

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FILE - The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

After marking its social presence on Facebook and Twitter, US-based civilian foreign intelligence service Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will now make a debut on Instagram.

The Director of CIA, Gina Haspel, while addressing a crowd at Auburn University in Alabama, confirmed that the CIA would soon have a presence on Instagram, The Verge reported on Monday.

With nearly a million followers on Facebook and 2.58 million followers on Twitter, the CIA keeps connected with the youth through sharing memes and updates about the organisation and its work.

Now Instagram would be the intelligence agency’s latest foray into social media.

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Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, prepares for an announcement about IGTV in San Francisco. VOA

“Our team worked with the CIA, as they do with many partners, to provide best practices and guidance when it comes to launching an Instagram account,” the report quoted an Instagram spokesperson as saying.

As of now, it remains unclear exactly by when would CIA’s official Instagram account be launched.

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However, it is not new for federal agencies maintaining official accounts on social networking platforms.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) already have official Instagram accounts. (IANS)