Gigantic Release of CIA Secrets

CIA

On Tuesday, Wikileaks released 8,761 documents, representing “the entire hacking capacity of the CIA,” according to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. These are just the first of a series of “Vault 7” leaks.

The leak is believed to expose some of the U.S. intelligence community’s most closely guarded cyber weapons. “Year Zero” is the name of the CIA’s global secret hacking program, its malware arsenal, and dozens of “zero day” weaponized exploits. Targeted devices include everyday products like the iPhone, Android phones, Windows, and Samsung TVs.

The malware is called “Weeping Angel” and was created during a joint workshop with Britain’s MI5 spy agency. It allows the CIA to use remote controls in vehicle and hospital devices to carry out assassinations. It enables the spy agency to use smart TVs to record conversations while they are in a “fake-off” mode. It scans all Skype conversations to record and store them in the CIA’s cloud network, which is run by retailer Amazon.

Weeping Angel can also extract usernames, passwords and wifi keys. A feature called “prevent updates” stops the devices from removing the malware. Samsung has admitted in its own terms of service that a user’s personal conversations can be recorded and transmitted to third parties.

The documents include a range of software and exploits that could allow unparalleled control of computers around the world. The malware can mimic the hacking efforts of foreign agencies.

According to Assange, the person who made the files available to Wikileaks intended for them to spur the question: Has the CIA gained too much power?

The U.S. intelligence community is trying to find the leaker.

Why this Matters: This also exposes IoT, “the internet of things,” the inter-networking of chips imbedded in everything in our homes, from our dishwasher, refrigerator and washing machine to the walls of buildings and our vehicles so that they can collect and exchange data about us. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.

How to Pray: Father, as the world seems like it is getting crazier by the minute, preserve Your people. Keep us wise as serpents, but harmless as doves. Guide our President to clean out the corruption in Washington, especially at the CIA.

Phil. 2:15 – That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

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