WikiLeaks just dropped another bombshell

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The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks is back.

They just unearthed a massive trove of government secrets.

And it’s a massive bombshell that has major implications for Washington.

WikiLeaks began hyping what they called the Vault 7 leaks.

These were documents obtained from the CIA that they intended to make public.

The Hill reports:

“The documents contain descriptions of hacking tools, engineering notes, internal communications and more. The release did not immediately appear to have included the tools themselves, and agent names have been redacted.

This is the first leak of the CIA project the site is calling ‘Vault 7.’ WikiLeaks first released an encrypted version of this batch of documents, nicknamed ‘Year Zero,’ on Twitter late Monday.

It provided a password for the documents around 8 a.m. Tuesday, about an hour before the documents’ intended release time, due to alleged cyberattacks on the online press conference that WikiLeaks head Julian Assange tried to host in advance of the release.

“‘Year Zero’, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina [sic],” a press release accompanying the leaks reads.”

The contents were stunning.

WikiLeaks redacted agents’ names, but did reveal some of the CIA’s hacking capabilities.

The agency possesses the ability to break into phones, TV’s, and even modern cars.

The New York Times reports:

“Among other disclosures that, if confirmed, would rock the technology world, the WikiLeaks release said that the C.I.A. and allied intelligence services had managed to bypass encryption on popular phone and messaging services such as Signal, WhatsApp and Telegram. According to the statement from WikiLeaks, government hackers can penetrate Android phones and collect ‘audio and message traffic before encryption is applied…’

… Some of the details of the C.I.A. programs might have come from the plot of a spy novel for the cyberage, revealing numerous highly classified — and in some cases, exotic — hacking programs. One, code-named Weeping Angel, uses Samsung ‘smart’ televisions as covert listening devices. According to the WikiLeaks news release, even when it appears to be turned off, the television “operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the internet to a covert C.I.A. server.

The release said the program was developed in cooperation with British intelligence.”

The documents also revealed that the CIA produced malware to use on iPhones.

These leaks have described as bigger than Edward Snowden’s revelations of the government’s illegal metadata collection program.

We will keep you updated on any new developments.

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