Washington ‘real danger’ of cyber warfare, not China or N. Korea – WikiLeaks

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
By Paul Martin

February 17, 2015

The US is engaging in “offensive cyber warfare,” Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesman for whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, told RT, following the unmasking of a sophisticated hacking ring that has infected thousands of computers in over 30 countries.

“Who is the real criminal?” Hrafnsson asked, during a live interview with RT. “We have been led to believe that the real danger of cyber warfare is from China or North Korea. But I think the real danger here is the US, the superpower. And they can cause real havoc all over the world with their technologies.”

On Monday, Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Labs revealed a trove of evidence showing that sophisticated surveillance systems had been embedded in thousands of computers belonging to officials, scientists, businessmen and journalists in states such as Russia, Iran and China starting from 2001, by what it called the Equation Group.

One of the most powerful in a suite of tools used by the team was a virus that attached itself to the in-built programming contained on the hard disk of almost every top manufacturer. The malware allowed the hackers to take over the computer before the operating system even loaded up for the first time, and has likely existed at least since 2007.

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