WikiLeaks, the world’s premiere purveyor of secret information, is at it again. The organization on Tuesday released a trove of CIA-related documents – 7,818 web pages with 943 attachments, to be exact – which it says is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.
WikiLeaks says in a press release that the CIA recently lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, trojans, viruses, weaponized "zero day" exploits, malware remote control systems and more. The archive appears to have been circulated among former US government hackers and contractors before sources provided portions of it to WikiLeaks, the organization claims.
The collection, ranging from 2013 to 2016, allegedly contains exploits against a wide range of US and European company products including Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android mobile OS and Microsoft’s Windows operating system. And as rumored a couple of years ago, even Samsung TVs have been targeted and turned into covert listening devices.
WikiLeaks says it has carefully reviewed the material and has avoided publishing “armed” cyberweapons “until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA's program and how such 'weapons' should be analyzed, disarmed and published.” WikiLeaks has also redacted and anonymized some identifying information including tens of thousands of targets throughout the US, Latin America and Europe.
A spokesperson for the CIA told The New York Times that they do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.
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