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Errata Security’s Notes on the WikiLeaks CIA Leak

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Robert Graham, writing for Errata Security:

    I thought I’d write up some notes about the Wikileaks CIA “#vault7” leak. This post will be updated frequently over the next 24 hours.

    The CIA didn’t remotely hack a TV. The docs are clear that they can update the software running on the TV using a USB drive. There’s no evidence of them doing so remotely over the Internet. If you aren’t afraid of the CIA breaking in an installing a listening device, then you should’t be afraid of the CIA installing listening software.

    The CIA didn’t defeat Signal/WhatsApp encryption. The CIA has some exploits for Android/iPhone. If they can get on your phone, then of course they can record audio and screenshots. Technically, this bypasses/defeats encryption — but such phrases used by Wikileaks are highly misleading, since nothing related to Signal/WhatsApp is happening. What’s happening is the CIA is bypassing/defeating the phone. Sometimes. If they’ve got an exploit for it, or can trick you into installing their software.

    This is a good post that corrects a lot of misinformation floating around.

  2. heymattrick

    Pool Boy at the Vampire Mansion

    I totally understand wanting to feel privacy but I do not understand what goes through people's minds with how upset they get about some of this stuff.

    I am well aware that our government does not have the resources for somebody to hack into my webcam or microphone or whatever and spend any amount of time watching what I do. And if they did, that would be absolutely pathetic because I'm probably insanely boring to watch. And I certainly don't have anything to hide, at least on any level that would concern anybody.