Sunday December 16, 2018
Home U.S.A. WikiLeaks Say...

WikiLeaks Says It Exposes CIA Hacking Program in New Document Dump

The group said the cyber tools were disseminated among some former U.S. government hackers, one of whom gave the material to Wikileaks

0
//
CIA
Representational Image, courtesy: VOA
Republish
Reprint

Washngton, March 7, 2017: The online whistleblower organization WikiLeaks has published thousands of pages of what it says are confidential CIA documents that expose a massive hacking program employed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

The 8,771 documents, which were published by WikiLeaks Tuesday and dubbed “Year Zero” by the organization, encompass “the entire hacking capacity of the CIA.”

NewsGram brings to you top news around the world today.

A spokesman for the CIA Jonathan Liu said the agency does not comment “on the authenticity of purported intelligence documents.”

In a statement, WikiLeaks said the CIA “lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal.” The group said the cyber tools were disseminated among some former U.S. government hackers, one of whom gave the material to 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,” WikiLeaks said.

WikiLeaks also claims the CIA possesses a library of hacking malware employed by other states, including Russia, that it can use to leave behind false “fingerprints” to cover up its exploits and mislead investigators.

Check out NewsGram for latest international news updates.

The actual cyber weapons themselves weren’t included in the document dump, though WikiLeaks said it may release them at a later time, when “a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA’s program and how such ‘weapons’ should be analyzed, disarmed and published.”

A scheduled press conference to announce the release was postponed after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange came under attack on social media, the group said on Twitter.

WikiLeaks said the source of the documents handed them over because they think a national conversation needs to be had about “whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers.”

National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin contributed to this report(VOA)

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2017 NewsGram

Next Story

Google Pixel Cameras Coming With External Microphones Support

"Pixel 3" comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display, 2915mAh battery and 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras.

0
Google
Google's new Search feature gives single result to certain queries. Pixabay

Ahead of its Pixel 3 launch on Thursday, Google has confirmed that the Pixel camera app is coming with an external microphone support.

“At the same time as ‘Pixel 3’ launch (October 18), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels,” a Pixel employee said on an old post on Google product.

This update incorporating the external microphone support on older Pixel phones should become available at the same time as the retail launch of “Pixel 3”, The Verge reported on Sunday.

Some third-party Android camera apps like “Open Camera” have already allowed external microphones to record audio while creators and users recorded video using a Pixel device.

Google
A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company’s offices in Toronto. VOA

Apart from rolling out the external microphone support to the Pixel phones, the older models are also set to gain many new camera software features.

The search-engine giant officially took the veils off “Pixel 3” alongside a bigger “Pixel 3 XL” smartphone on October 9.

Also Read- Climate Change Not A Hoax: Trump

“Pixel 3” comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display, 2915mAh battery and 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras.

The “Pixel 3” smartphone will cost Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant, whereas “Pixel 3 XL” will be available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model. (IANS)