SURVEILLANCE

WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter"

Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

Among others, these documents reveal the "Sonic Screwdriver" project which, as explained by the CIA, is a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting" allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

WikiLeaks Release Confirms What “Conspiracy Theorists” Have Known For Years

The recent Wikileaks release is promising to be a much bigger bombshell than anything Edward Snowden ever released. Unlike Snowden, however, the corporate press in the West is not devoting 24/7 coverage with all the bells and whistles of an intentional push to promote the story. Instead, it is largely the alternative and independent press that is giving attention to the recent Wikileaks announcement. Interestingly enough, the mainstream press reports are largely focusing on accusations that Wikileaks has “joined the Trump administration” or that the leaker of the information is a traitor.
READ MORE: http://www.brandonturbeville.com/2017/03/wikileaks-release-confirms-what...

Malware expert says ‘fingerprint’ switch shows past attacks blamed on Russia, China are work of CIA

Following revelations that the CIA can reportedly attribute its hacking activity to others, an anti-virus expert has said that attacks previously blamed on others are now attributable to the CIA, according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

News that the CIA could make its malware look as if it derived from Russia, China or other actors emerged as part of WikiLeaks’ ‘Year Zero’ data release on Tuesday.
READ MORE: https://www.rt.com/news/380051-assange-malware-cia-fingerprints/?utm_sou...

After CIA Leak, Intel Security Releases Detection Tool for EFI Rootkits

Intel Security has released a tool that allows users to check if their computer's low-level system firmware has been modified and contains unauthorized code.

The release comes after CIA documents leaked Tuesday revealed that the agency has developed EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) rootkits for Apple's Macbooks. A rootkit is a malicious program that runs with high privileges -- typically in the kernel -- and hides the existence of other malicious components and activities.

The documents from CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB) mention an OS X "implant" called DerStarke that includes a kernel code injection module dubbed Bokor and an EFI persistence module called DarkMatter.

Ex-CIA deputy director: Leak 'has to be an inside job'

Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell believes the leak of CIA documents published this week by WikiLeaks "has to be an inside job."

"This data is not shared outside CIA. It's only inside CIA," Morell said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Saturday.
READ MORE: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/323532-former-cia-deputy-dir...

Kim Dotcom: Windows is “Effectively CIA Spyware,” Trump Spied on “24/7”

Megaupload and Bitcache Founder Kim Dotcom has highlighted the most striking revelations from WikiLeaks’ latest expose on CIA spying practices.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, the entrepreneur noted that the agency likely spied on US President Donald trump “24/7” by bugging his electronic devices.

“They used his phone cam & mic. Watching and listening 24/7,” he wrote.
READ MORE: https://cointelegraph.com/news/kim-dotcom-windows-is-effectively-cia-spy...

Murdered for Exposing CIA Drug Running: Gary Webb

Officially Gary Webb "committed suicide" by shooting himself in the head twice.

WikiLeaks has released less than 1% of its #Vault7 series in its part one publication yesterday 'Year Zero'.

Part one brought many questions into the light of the mainstream. Bring on the rest.

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