Mysterious Disk Wiper: WikiLeaks Reveals How CIA Weaponized ‘Shamoon’ Malware

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

WikiLeaks’ exposure of CIA hacking tools and practices has raised a number of issues. It appears that by weaponizing malware, viruses, Trojans, remote control systems and secretly exploiting the vulnerabilities of popular software and hardware, the CIA’s hacking division has crossed the red line.

The latest WikiLeaks exposure has given both enterprises and ordinary consumers of IT products the shivers.

While former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations shed light on the extent of US global surveillance, the WikiLeaks files offer an inside peek at how the intrusion has been carried out.

WikiLeaks’ “Year Zero” document collection has introduced “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 US 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.”

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