WikiLeaks recently published a series of thousands of CIA documents this Tuesday in what is described as a trove of secret files regarding CIA hacking tools that the government allegedly employs in order to hack into computers, phones, even smart television sets made by big corporations such as Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft.
What do they say?
The documents continue to describe illegal and unorthodox methods to bypass encryption, antivirus programs, and other security methods that intend on keeping citizen’s information private.
Employees from the US government, such as President Trump, even use some of the many products and services allegedly compromised by these tools.
The documents detail CIA efforts to hack into some of the world’s popular platforms of technology, such as Google’s Android mobile phones, Apple’s iPads and iPhones, and Microsoft Windows.
The documents discuss the compromising of certain internet-connected TVs that the CIA have turned into spying posts. One of the documents also discussed hacking into vehicle computer systems, indicating that the CIA has an interest in bypassing security in modern cars that have on-board computers.
WikiLeaks has long been the go-to secret document release platform, and experts currently sifting through the recently leaked material stated that it seems to be legitimate.
Jonathan Liu, one of the spokesmen for the US’ CIA, stated: “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.”
It isn’t immediately clear just how WikiLeaks had gotten hold of the information, and certain details in some of the documents have not fully been verified as of yet.
“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,” said WikiLeaks in a recent statement.
Some big technology firms said Tuesday that they are evaluating the document’s information.