#Vault7: Key revelations from WikiLeaks’ release of CIA hacking tools

Saturday, March 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

RT.com
11 Mar, 2017

Bombshell claims by WikiLeaks that the CIA actively developed “hacking tools” to compromise billions of everyday electronic devices, only to then lose control of the techniques, has stunned the cyber community.

On March 7, WikiLeaks released documents leaked from a “high security” network within the CIA. The files, dubbed “Vault 7,” have been described by the whistleblowing site as the “largest ever publication of confidential documents” on the CIA.

The documents purportedly hold details about the agency’s capabilities to tap into smartphones, televisions and messaging apps, even before encryption has been applied.

The CIA has refused to comment on the authenticity of the documents and the source of the leak has not been revealed. However, the incident has reignited fears about whether privacy can ever truly be guarded in the modern world.

Here’s what you need to know about the Vault 7 release:
– A treasure trove of spy material

WikiLeaks said the release is just 1 percent of the Vault 7 documents it has obtained. The first leak contains approximately 8,761 files and millions of codes, which allegedly originate from a CIA center in Langley, Virginia and date from 2013 to 2016.

The details provided so far by WikiLeaks read like a program hell-bent on gathering information that could be used to exploit security vulnerabilities in tech made by some of the world’s biggest manufacturers.

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