Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

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Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, includes 8,761 documents and files from a high-security network inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina. It follows a report last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.

Recently, the CIA lost control of the control systems and associated documentation. This extraordinary collection highlights the entire hacking ability of the CIA.  The documents were given to Wikileaks by a government contractor.

“Year Zero” introduces the CIA’s global hacking program which it uses to hack into Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into secret microphones.

Such is the scale of the CIA’s hacking, that by 2016, its hackers had used more code than that used to run Facebook. 

In a statement to WikiLeaks the source details policy questions that they say need to be debated in public. 



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