CIA document leak confirms Government hacking powers

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The latest Wikileaks release of over 9000 pages of data confirms that the CIA and allied agencies are able to use vulnerabilities (that they refuse to disclose) to hack any Apple iPhone or Android device. Furthermore, the documents reveal that popular messaging services that are believed to be secure, such as WhatsApp, are also hackable.

WhatsApp was recently added to the list of approved services for sensitive and classified communication in Australia and it’s the service of choice for Malcolm Turnbull and other parliamentarians for sharing private information.

The document leaks come just a few days after Donald Trump accused the previous administration of wiretapping his devices.

Cyber security expert Professor Nigel Phair from the University of Canberra is unsure as to how normal people are supposed to protect themselves anymore.

“Any advice I would have normally given has been blown out of the water by the Vault 7 revelations,” he told

The documents reveal numerous technologies that are prone to hacking. Apple and Android products were at the top of the list, with hackers being able to record conversations and use front and back operating cameras without the target knowing. It was also alleged that the CIA are able to use Smart TVs in “Fake-Off” mode to record conversations in the room.

The most serious information revealed was that the CIA was looking at a way to hack and remotely control vehicles, something that has been proven achievable in the past few years.

“As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks,” Wikileaks said in a statement.

“The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”

What do you think? Should the CIA and other agencies be held accountable for breaching the privacy of its citizens and the world’s privacy? Do you feel safe and secure online?


Originally published as CIA document leak confirms smartphone vulnerabilities

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Total Comments: 11
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    If the CIA wanted to listen in on my phone calls I would feel rather privileged….as my calls are as normal and uneventful as the next honest person…as they say, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you re a jihadist, well, that is another matter…so in that case I would say, be afraid, be very afraid….

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      Draganotz… I could scarcely believe my eyes to see what you wrote. (I mean this in a nice way btw)… you ought to object most vehemently to the CIA or any other body, (govt. or otherwise) being able to eavesdrop on you through any method.
      That old adage of “if I’m doing nothing wrong then I’ve got nothing to worry about” is naive in the extreme. There’s people either dead or in jail who thought just that. Just being in the wrong place at the wrong time is enough these days. How do you know that you don’t fit the description of a type of person “they” might be looking out for to become one of their patsies. You don’t have to do anything wrong, you just have to match the criteria for the fall guy they’re looking for…. and they are always keeping an eye out for potential scapegoats. Those at greatest risk are the isolated, lonely, private types, those involved in particular social groups, sporting groups, or with (what the govt. consider) extreme views, cult or sect members, and the careless among us who happily share all sorts of private info online. You may not ever fit any of the criteria they may one day be chasing, and that’s good for you, BUT if somehow you do, you may well regret being so blase about such matters….the thing here is we all need to object to any invasion of our privacy. (not withstanding Rosrets comments below which are true enough) Don’t take this too personally, I’m not having a go at you per-see, just at that mindset that says “I’m safe coz I’m doing no wrong” No one is that safe anymore .

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    There is a list of so-called “sniffer” words that they look for in any message so if you pop a couple in every message it may overload the system. Just stick in something like assassinate,nuclear,jihad(thats sure to get them interested),ISIS, etc. I’m sure you can think of many others;

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      hehehe You are done for now Pedro!You have listed the lot.
      Much worse than that type “Holiday” or “Real Estate”. Then see what the tracking systems dump on you in return.

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    To me the worry is accessing/controlling YOUR CAR REMOTELY.
    “As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks,” Wikileaks said in a statement.

    “The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.
    This what worries me far to much control over the car and the phone. If they can turn on my phone and eaves drop conversations and take photos WITHOUT me realising it. That is a gross invasion of my privacy, not that i have anything interesting to say but who is to say they cannot turn on the camera of attractive young woman and take pictures of her while changing in the privacy of her bedroom. I value my privacy and I am 70 odd and I have my phone in my bedroom. Young people take their smart phone EVERYWHERE.

    Too much big Brother here. It is common knowledge the CIA make a lot of bad judgement calls, even mistaking and accusing innocent people of crimes. They have more than enough tools at their command now.

    What if they enter the wrong data and take control of my car and crashing it fatally for me???

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    There is not privacy these days the powers that be know everything you do or say — well I say

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    Wikileaks sounds so profound – as though we didn’t know this already. Of course they do. Every word you type, every image you upload, every financial transaction you make, what medical procedures you have had, what car you own, how old you are, who you are associated with….etc etc. – you gave all this information away in exchange for “free” email and internet communication.
    Assume you ARE being tracked. Ecommerce most certainly is doing just that. If I mention just one key word in this comment I will receive a myriad of ads relating to it. I will probably get something on security – I don’t even have to click “Post comment”. A computer database somewhere is deciphering,matching and forming associations. Ce la vie.

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      Yes indeedeeo my friend. I often wonder what kind of S%*# my oft outspoken criticisms of the govt. on social media might land me in one day. Bit of a worry in a way, doesn’t stop me mind, just makes me wonder.
      As old mate John Lennon said “nobody told me there’d be days like these, strange days indeed, most peculiar mumma”

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    Rosret : so enjoy your comments. Yes, those ad’s that come in eg. just mention ‘travel’ in an email …. there’s one right now ‘Guided holidays throughout New Zealand
    10% earlybird discount’ …..

  7. 0

    CIA – a true oxymoron
    (doesn’t make them any less evil of course)

  8. 0

    CIA an acronym for Criminals In Action, maybe!!!



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