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Central Intelligence Agency hackers targeted iPhones and TVs with 'weaponised' viruses, Wikileaks claims

Central Intelligence Agency hackers targeted iPhones and TVs with 'weaponised' viruses, Wikileaks claims

Claiming that the technology was almost impossible to keep under wraps - or under control - he said: "WikiLeaks discovered the material as a result of it being passed around". Internet-connected vehicles, smartphones, and smart TVs are all vulnerable to Central Intelligence Agency hacking.

Google gave a similar statement to Recode, saying that its analysis was "ongoing, but that "many" of the vulnerabilities had already been patched". The technology built into today's iPhones represents the best data security available to consumers, and we're constantly working to keep it that way. Users concerned about the security of their devices need to make sure they're updating to the latest software to get all of the security patches.

Late Tuesday, Apple said its initial analysis "indicates that numerous issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS (but) we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities".

"As we've reviewed the documents, we're confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities", Heather Adkins, Director of Information Security and Privacy, told Mashable in a statement. There are also notes on a joint "workshop" with the UK's MI5 on a project called "Weeping Angel"-in which the services were able to turn a Samsung smart television into an eavesdropping device".

Assange, who didn't name the companies WikiLeaks seeks to work with, said the leaks show how hard it is for any person or organization to maintain control of cyber tools. One of the more high-profile examples came when the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly purchased a software vulnerability in order to access the iPhone of a dead terrorist involved in last year's massacre at San Bernardino.

Microsoft, meanwhile, said they were aware of the report and were looking into it.

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The launch appeared to be a protest of joint military drills by South Korea and the US, South Korea's military said. Foreign minister Wang Yi said North Korea and the United States were like two trains racing towards each other.

Likewise, the Linux Foundation has yet to publicly react to claims the agency had created "attack and control systems" that could hijack computers powered by Linux-based software.

WikiLeaks says that it plans to release almost 9,000 files in total in the coming weeks.

But one of its former chiefs was concerned by their publication. USA government employees, including President Trump, use numerous same products and internet services purportedly compromised by the tools.

"In other words, it's made my country and my country's friends less safe".

The CIA has refused to either confirm or deny the validity of the WikiLeaks data. "Of course they do; taxpayers would be right to be annoyed if that weren't the case", blogged Nicholas Weaver, a security researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley.

And it isn't just the American people who need to be deeply troubled, the whole world is troubled.


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