WikiLeaks on Tuesday released what it said is the full hacking capacity of the CIA in a stunning 8,000-plus page disclosure the anti-secrecy website contends is "the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency." The 8,761 documents and files -- released as "Vault 7 Part 1" and titled "Year Zero" -- were obtained from an "isolated, high-security network" at the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Va., a press release from the website said. The trove had been "circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors," one of whom "recently" gave the archive to WikiLeaks. "We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents," a CIA spokesperson told Fox News. The collection of purported intelligence tools includes information on CIA-developed malware -- bearing names such as "Assassin" and "Medusa" -- intended to target iPhones, Android phones, smart TVs and Microsoft, Mac and Linux operating systems, among others.
Apple said purported hacking vulnerabilities disclosed by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers. The documents released by the anti-secrecy site Thursday morning pointed to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple devices using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices. The iPhone hack was limited to the 3G model from 2008. In a statement late Thursday, Apple said the flaw was fixed with the release of the iPhone 3GS a year later. Apple also said the Mac vulnerabilities were all fixed in all Macs launched after 2013.
WikiLeaks posted thousands of documents that it says reveal important CIA hacking secrets, including the spy agency's ability to penetrate encrypted communications apps such as Signal or WhatsApp. The documents have not been verified yet and a CIA spokesman declined to comment. Tim Cook speaks during the keynote address during the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple and other big consumer tech companies face allegations from a WikiLeaks data dump of alleged government documents that the CIA was able to hack iOS and other operating systems. SAN FRANCISCO -- The tech industry just can't shake the ghost of Edward Snowden.
SAN FRANCISCO – Apple said late Thursday it had patched years ago any of the alleged CIA hacks to its iPhone and Mac released by WikiLeaks earlier in the day and that it has "not negotiated with Wikileaks for any information." "We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released," the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. "Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013." Leaks website WikiLeaks early Thursday released new documents it claims are from the Central Intelligence Agency which show the CIA had the capability to bug iPhones even if their operating systems have been deleted and replaced.
WikiLeaks has published thousands of documents claiming to reveal top CIA hacking secrets, including the agency's ability to infiltrate encrypted apps like Whatsapp, break into smart TVs and phones and program self-driving cars. WikiLeaks said the files released on Tuesday - mysteriously dubbed ' Vault 7' - are the most comprehensive release of U.S. spying files ever made public. The leak purportedly includes 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina. It details intelligence information on CIA-developed software intended to hack iPhones, Android phones, smart TVs and Microsoft, Mac and Linux operating systems. WikiLeaks alleges that some of the remote hacking programs can turn these electronic devices into recording and transmitting stations to spy on their targets.