By Robert Foster
Thousands of documents have been released that were allegedly obtained from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence that claim to reveal the “entire hacking capacity” of the agency.
Among the documents are hundreds of millions of lines of code from a secret program. It included tools used to break into smartphones, such as Apple’s iPhones, Google’s Androids and Microsoft’s Windows, along with Samsung televisions, turning them into covert microphone listening devices.
The documents released have not been authenticated and as of yet, the CIA has refused to comment. Experts who have looked through the materials, however, believe they are genuine. Experts are waiting to see how this information will be used in the coming days and weeks.
If this document dump is proven to be authentic, this will be another devastating breach for U.S. intelligence agencies by means of WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks indicated that “the archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner.” One of those individuals then turned over portions of the archive to WikiLeaks. Experts commented that the sheer volume and extensiveness of the documents most definitely indicated that this was government-backed.