WikiLeaks outs CIA for turning smartphones, TVs into spy cameras and audio bugs

– The Washington Times – Updated: 12:25 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WikiLeaks published thousands of purported CIA documents Tuesday that claim to show intimate details of the agency’s cyberespionage effort, including malware that turns iPhones, Android cell phones and Samsung smart TVs into bugs and spy cams.

The release comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia, according to WikiLeaks.

The documents include information about a CIA cyber intelligence outpost in the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, that gave the cyber spies access throughout the European Union.

The documents could not immediately be authenticated. But a cybersecurity expert, Rendition Infosec founder Jake Williams, told The Associated Press that the dump appeared legitimate.

The documents detail some of the roughly 500 projects from the CIA’s Engineering Development Group (EDG), the majority of which consists of tools used for penetration, infestation or implanting, control and exfiltration from computer systems.


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