WikiLeaks 'to share Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools' with tech firms

Wikileaks releases massive CIA hacking document archive

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Similar to the disclosures from Edward Snowden on the National Security Agency's global cyberspying in 2013, this new document dump is loaded with weird, classified code names purportedly used by the CIA that sound like they were borrowed straight the pages of a pulpy spy thriller. In 2012, for example, security researcher Ang Cui informed Cisco of a vulnerability in its voice-over-IP phones that allowed him to turn them into listening devices, a hack not unlike the one described in the WikiLeaks documents for Samsung TVs.

In an online press conference, Assange acknowledged that companies had asked for more details about the Central Intelligence Agency cyberespionage toolkit, the existence of which he purportedly revealed in a massive leak published Tuesday.

"We are aware of the report and we are looking into it", a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC. According to CNN's sources, the investigation is also seeking to establish what other material WikiLeaks may have in its possession. There are also details on how the agency sought to subvert United States software products and smartphones, which included the Apple iPhone, Googl'es Android and Microsoft Windows. This appear to be where investigators are now focusing their attention.

Google is the latest company to weigh in on WikiLeaks' stunning disclosure yesterday that it is among several high-profile tech companies whose products can be turned into spying devices. Since then, companies like Facebook, Google, and others have rushed to secure their communications tools.

The organisation said that it had received and published a part of those documents from the intelligence agency.

The FBI is now frantically hunting for the "mole" who disclosed the information to WikiLeaks, which has said more revelations are coming.

In the release, WikiLeaks claimed the CIA Center for Cyber Intelligence had "lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal".

In 2014, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek using their laptops while in the auto, took over a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a reporter for Wired, as they were traveling on the highway.

While this leak hasn't yet been authenticated, it could prove to be one of the biggest leaks in recent years.

The spokesperson told the BBC: "Such disclosures not only jeopardize USA personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm". The new cache details covert mass surveillance programs that appear to undermine encryption in iPhones, Android smartphones, Samsung smart TVs and other internet-connected devices.

"While our initial analysis indicates that numerous issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities", Apple said in an emailed statement.

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