Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

March 7th, 2017

If you have an active U.S. Government security clearance, you probably shouldn’t click on this.

Via: Wikileaks:

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina. It follows an introductory disclosure last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.

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.

“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.

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.

2 Responses to “Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed”

  1. Eileen Says:

    Thanks for posting this Kevin.

    And if you have a US Gov Security Clearance, be assured that the CIA (or its proxies)already hacked all of your personal information through the OPM (Office of Personnel Management)”hack” several years ago. To my knowledge no one has been prosecuted for that breach. Or the one before that at the DOE.
    Yes, I know, persons who are able to obtain a US Gov security clearance are some of the most interesting people in the world (GIVE ME A YAWN).
    But for people who get their jollies creating fear and intimidation by stealing our private information, all for what? Something to do with your day at the CIA?
    How about losing some weight or getting out in the sun to clear up your acne? Guess I won’t be going to bed early. Have to read Vault 7. Wikileaks rocks. And I’ll bet Clapper’s false teeth are not only clapping but grinding together big time tonight. RIP you morons.

  2. dt Says:

    Interesting – I’ve argued before that Wikileaks was a government operation, specifically a part of the Air Force Cyber Warfare operation: U.S. Appoints First Cyber Warfare General. However an NSA – CIA rivalry provides a new perspective. If my argument is correct, then this leak is an example of the military covertly undermining the CIA.

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