FBI investigating release of CIA hacking tools

Published On:March 9, 2017, 4:11 pm

The United States Federal agencies have started a criminal investigation into the public release of documents stated to in-depth detail CIA hacking tools, according to US officials.

They mentioned to US media that CIA and FBI were mutually co-ordinating the inquiry post Wikileaks went ahead and published thousands of files.

The channelled alleged that the CIA had come up with ways to listen and see through smart TV and smartphone microphones.

The White House, CIA and FBI have denied to further comment on the legitimacy of the leaked files on Tuesday.

A Spokesman from CIA on Wednesday said that, "The American public should be deeply troubled by any Wikileaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community's ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries.

"Such disclosures not only jeopardise US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm."

Unbelievably damaging

The United Stated officials, on Wednesday, who spoke on the terms of anonymity, spoke to US media that the criminal investigation was focussing on whether how files came into Wikileaks’ possession.

The inquiry will also institute whether the revelation was a breach from outside or inside the CIA, the officials further added.

The CIA has not affirmed whether the leaked documents, said to be dated from 2013 to 2016 are genuine.

However, one of CIA’s former chief was worried about their publication.

Ex-CIA director Michael Hayden told the media, "If what I have read is true, then this seems to be an incredibly damaging leak in terms of the tactics, techniques, procedures and tools that were used by the Central Intelligence Agency to conduct legitimate foreign intelligence,in other words, it's made my country and my country's friends less safe."

Many of the technological firms whose products have been supposedly exposed by the CIA gave their initial reactions on Wednesday.

Apple Inc. stated that it had already solved some of the potential vulnerabilities.

It stated, "The technology built into today's iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we're constantly working to keep it that way."

Further, Samsung, whose allegedly compromised television series are F8000 said, "Protecting consumers' privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority at Samsung.”

Wikileaks also alleged that the CIA has developed a malware to aim PCs that run on Microsoft’s Windows operating system. A spokesman from Microsoft said, "We are aware of the report and are looking into it.”

Google denied any kind of comment pertaining to the accusations that CIA was able to "penetrate, infest and control" Android phones owing to its findings and acquisition of “zero day bugs”, that were the earlier unknown flaws in the code of the operating system.

The World Wide Web Foundation, which crusades for internet privacy, stated that the United States government required issuing a detailed response.

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