Most of us, in the IT industry, have known of the potential danger of cyberwarfare/spying for years. However it was not till today that it was confirmed by the WikiLeaks Vault 7 release of just how dangerous this will be. This author did not download the vast trove of documents, but is only accessing information provided by WikiLeaks via their website and that is enough to raise the hair on the back of my neck!
I will proffer a few of the important comments:
First let me state that I was ‘standing-by’ at 8AM EST, the time advertised for the press conference. I had also posted a link on my Facebook page, for others if they were interested. However about five minutes till the ‘live feed’ froze, I checked the WikiLeak Twitter to see if there was an update and found this post:
@wikileaks: NOTICE: As Mr. Assange’s Perscipe+Facebook video stream links are under attack his video press conference will be rescheduled.
I went back to my FB page and the link, to the press confernece, that I had posted had vanished! Back to Twitter I find that WikiLeaks had released the encryption key, for their encrypted Torrent file via Twitter and this statement. I also found it interesting that WikiLeaks would use this passphrase “SplinterItIntoAThousandPiecesAndScatterItIntoTheWinds“ for the encryption. As this refers to Kennedy’s quote about what he wanted to do to the CIA
From this I will make the following observations.
“Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The CIA found itself building not just its now infamous drone fleet, but a very different type of covert, globe-spanning force — its own substantial fleet of hackers. The agency’s hacking division freed it from having to disclose its often controversial operations to the NSA (its primary bureaucratic rival) in order to draw on the NSA’s hacking capacities.
By the end of 2016, the CIA’s hacking division, which formally falls under the agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other “weaponized” malware. Such is the scale of the CIA’s undertaking that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook. The CIA had created, in effect, its “own NSA” with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified.
In a statement to WikiLeaks the source details policy questions that they say urgently need to be debated in public, including whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency. The source wishes to initiate a public debate about the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.
Once a single cyber ‘weapon’ is ‘loose’ it can spread around the world in seconds, to be used by rival states, cyber mafia and teenage hackers alike.”
Let’s think about this statement for a minute. Among one of the great concerns about Hillary Clinton’s illegal bathroom server was the fact that she was. claimed to be, ‘hosting’ these applications on her server and that it was easily hackable. So at this point, I believe, we must assume that any enemy of America already has these exploits and now we must consider the consequences.
“By the end of 2016, the CIA’s hacking division, which formally falls under the agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other “weaponized” malware. Such is the scale of the CIA’s undertaking that by 2016, its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook. The CIA had created, in effect, its “own NSA” with even less accountability and without publicly answering the question as to whether such a massive budgetary spend on duplicating the capacities of a rival agency could be justified.”
Ever wonder why America is so in debt? And yet social security is running out of monies, our infrastructure is in decay, inflation is at an all time high … I am sure one gets the picture.
Do you own a Smart TV?
“The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s MI5/BTSS. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server.“
Do you own a car newer than 1995?
“As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.“
Which brings to mind …
Let’s not even discuss Smartphones … Just understand that you are carrying with you a camera and microphone that ANYONE can tap into and you are not the wiser! They can even take your SKYPE conversations and turn it into text documents! There is not ONE THING THAT THEY CANNOT HACK!
Think you can outsmart them with an anti-virus … hmm, think again! (listed are just a few)
While there is an ongoing of information being sifted through, this writer thought it important to get out the basic gist of the ‘leak’ and warn her followers. What we have learned is dangerous and will change the way that we interact with the Internet from now on. And it has justified, folks like me, that tape up their cameras and microphones because they are being used to spy on us, is not so ‘nuts’ after all!
Be aware, anytime you are in public or around specific electronics you are being spied upon. Also one maybe concerned that these applications are already in the wrong hands, so at this point, who cares about a ‘wiretap’ as we are all tapped! And in my opinion, as an Internet pioneer, this is very dangerous, as it can affect anything from ‘smart meters’ to nuclear plants!
And I thought it was a big deal when I tied AT&T to Google … It pales in comparison!