Wikileaks Releases Massive Data Dump Containing Confidential CIA Documents and Hacking Secrets

Media Division | March 7, 2017

Wikileaks has been around for quite some time.  The name has become much more known after the events of the 2016 presidential election, in which they released leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  Wikileaks essentially releases information that is provided to them anonymously from whistleblowers or other sources.  In their most recent data dump, they have released a massive series of confidential documents and secrets of the CIA.

The Contents of the Data Dump

The data that was released has been called “Vault 7,” and Wikileaks claims that it will represent the largest dump of confidential information on the CIA in years.  The first full part of Vault 7 was released today (Tuesday, March 3), and is titled, “Year Zero.”  The initial dump contains 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network at Langley, Virginia, the headquarters of the CIA.  If this leak is proven to be authentic, then it displays the wide extent of US hacking and espionage capabilities.  According to Wikileaks press release, “‘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.”

The CIA has not confirmed nor denied the information released in the dump, though Wikileaks does have an extensive running record of having released confidential government documents and files.  Experts who have reviewed the data dump thus far say that it appears to be authentic.  One of such is Dave Kennedy, CEO of TrustedSec, who said, “This looks to be tons of code, lots of capability overviews and tactics. This is the largest intelligence dump I think I’ve ever seen and it appears to be largely legitimate.” He further stated, “It shows expansive capabilities of the CIA and divulges NSA tools as well. But a lot of it seems to be missing, as far as direct codebase used for these.”  Wikileaks has said that they had redacted a large part of the more specific information.

While this is quite a large data dump, it most likely does not contain everything the CIA is capable of.  According to Jake Williams, the founder of threat intelligence firm, Rendition Infosec, “I don’t think that this is everything. It likely represents a very limited view of the overall network exploitation program.”  Though, he brings up the point that it does contain a large amount, and that it is likely going to be very damaging to US international relations.  There is also the factor that Wikileaks has stated that they will be releasing additional CIA dumps in the future, being that Year Zero is only the first part of the series of leaks.

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