Archive - March 8, 2017

WikiLeaks opens Vault 7, exposes CIA hacking tools

WikiLeaks has begun a new series of leaks on the US Central Intelligence Agency, code-named Vault 7.

The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, is made up of a massive amount of over 8,000 documents from an isolated, high-security network located inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina.

According to a press release from WikiLeaks, 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. Zero-day flaws are previously undiscovered vulnerabilities in software, which can be exploited to alter the behavior of a product and the WikiLeaks document shows that the CIA has built up a significant stockpile of zero-day flaws to use for surveillance.

“Year Zero” brings forth the 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 undercover microphones.

Here are some of the most important documents set to be brought forth by WikiLeaks:

 

iPhones, Android devices and smart TVs, the main targets of the CIA malware

It appears that the CIA has developed a software capable of spying on just about every piece of electronic equipment people use, from smartphones to routers and smart TVs. Thus, everything recorded by those devices, from deliberately sent messages, user location to everything we say or do near those gadget’s microphones and cameras can become accessible to the US intelligence agency.

Samsung smart TVs for instance get infected with the “Weeping Angel” malware, developed by the CIA’s Embedded Devices Branch (EDB). 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.

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Our Bucharest NoSpy servers to go under maintenance, but for a good cause

The Ghostie team has grown over the years and we now need a bigger (and of course cooler) brand new office with enough room for everybody. That is why we’ve already packed our bags and we’ll move everything between March 10th and 13th.

No worries, Ghosties! The magic will still happen, but in a way cooler location, worthy of digital freedom fighters. Stay tuned for more!

However, since we’re taking our NoSpy Servers with us, they will become unavailable during the above-mentioned period (so only for 3 days). Everything else will work just fine, though, so continue using your favorite VPN throughout all your favorite online activities, just like before.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you, but the world’s first NoSpy servers will be back in no time, and they will protect your online identity from an even more secure location.

We know that you’ll forgive us though, especially because as soon as we get settled in our new headquarters, we’ll update you with pictures. Make sure to also follow us on our social media channels so that you never miss a CyberGhost update: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google Plus.

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