WikiLeaks on Tuesday dumped thousands of classified documents onto the Internet, exposing hacking programs used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
The torrent of data is just the first in a series of dumps WikLeaks is calling “Vault 7.” This first installment includes 8,761 documents and files stolen from an isolated high-security network within the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.
This first batch of data, according to WikiLeaks, 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 — among them, Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android operating system, Microsoft’s Windows OS, and Samsung’s smart TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.
The source leaking the documents to WikiLeaks did so to raise policy questions about the CIA’s hacking program, the organization said, and to open a discussion about the agency’s power and the government’s oversight mechanisms to keep it in check.
The CIA offered a terse response to WikiLeak’s actions: “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents,” agency spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak told TechNewsWorld.