WikiLeaks Reveals CIA-Hacked TVs Can Spy On Their Owners
WikiLeaks has released less than 1% of its #Vault7 series in its part one publication yesterday 'Year Zero'.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 8, 2017
Code-named Weeping Angel, the hacking software appears to have been developed in 2014, according to documents leaked by WikiLeaks.
— ZeroPointNow (@ZeroPointNow) March 7, 2017
Britain’s MI5 and the CIA developed the ability to hack into a TV, particularly a Samsung smart TV. The CIA’s Embedded Devices Branch was the lead agency section involved in developing Weeping Angel.
“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 to a covert CIA server,” WikiLeaks said in a release.
The software was named after “Weeping Angels” from the TV show Doctor Who; monsters that pretend to be stone statues before they creep up on unsuspecting victims.
The package of documents, which WikiLeaks dubbed Vault 7, consisted of 8,761 confidential U.S. government files detailing CIA hacking and surveillance techniques.
Samsung has said it is investigating the bombshell revelation.
“Protecting consumers’ privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority at Samsung,” the company said in a statement. “We are aware of the report in question and are urgently looking into the matter.”
The document dump also claimed the CIA is able to spy into all types of phones and read messages before they even go into a phone’s encryption software.
The CIA “has some expensive, targeted ways to hack phones, and if your phone is hacked, well, your apps won’t save you,” said Zeynep Tufekci, an professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science.
“If someone is specifically targeted and their phone is running an older version and thus vulnerable to exploitation, no ‘secure’ apps can protect you because the OS itself is compromised,” added Will Strafach, the CEO of Sudo Security Group.
What do you think? Scroll down to comment below.Source: Daily Mail