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    Silicon Valley Shies Away From Assange's Helping Hand Amid CIA Leaks Scandal

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    'Vault 7': WikiLeaks Exposes CIA's Global Covert Hacking Program in Largest Ever Leak (31)

    US IT-companies based in the so-called Silicon Valley are skeptical about potential cooperation with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on revelations about the alleged CIA hacking activities.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, WikiLeaks published over 8,700 classified files, the first part of Vault 7 release of purportedly CIA secret files, with the revelations so far including the agency hoarding hacking technologies and lists of major operating systems vulnerabilities. On Thursday, Assange proposed assistance to technology manufacturers in sharing information to help them fix the vulnerabilities mentioned in the leak.

    The Financial Times reported Thursday that several tech companies questioned by the outlet had not expressed desire to cooperate with the whistleblower on the ground of moral or legal barriers of dealing with classified information.

    According to the news outlet, its interlocutors from the Silicon Valley have assumed that Assange tried to improve his own reputation through cooperation with tech giants.

    At the same time several companies said that they could change their stance and start cooperation with WikiLeaks if more information would be revealed by the whistleblowers, the newspaper added.

    The files, released by WikiLeaks show that CIA seemed to have devised or collected techniques to hack into Mac OS X, Windows, Linux computer operating systems as well as Android and iOS used on mobile phones. The CIA was also said to have developed a technique that could target smart TV sets, making them record audio and send it to CIA servers.

    'Vault 7': WikiLeaks Exposes CIA's Global Covert Hacking Program in Largest Ever Leak (31)


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      This is bullshit. I believe US IT-tech-software companies willingly cooperate with the spy agencies. And not only US companies.
      I never believed that for example "windows do automatic updates". This so naive !
    • Lubos Vokoun
      The US companies prefer CIA to their customers
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      What does that tell us?! :) The "big US It-tech companies" are BS! Same people, same old tricks.
    • Alan Reid
      Everyone has to get the point here, This hacking is only possible if the Tech Companies leave in these gaping huge holes for the NSA/CIA to use. Them coming out and saying stupid crap like " You should release more to give up a heads up on what to fix" is them CONFIRMING that they do crappy and hole riddled work! Apple is the worst with any icrap they sell and companies like Samsung,Toshiba,Western digital,Dell and whatever all have a direct line to the spooks to gather the requirements for the new fresh "Have to Have" gadget the MSM is hocking for them. You have been kept completely vulnerable to every zero day hole BY THOSE VERY COMPANIES FROM DAY ONE! vulnerability is a commodity these spy folks PAY HANDSOMELY FOR! If they don't get what they want the go to war with any tech company with a flame thrower. You PAY for every single zero day EVERY time you continue to fail to act to stop this deliberate war against your purchases. There is a very good reason you are kept in the dark about all this covert action, You are the target. A target that is not looking at the axe being swung at your head. Assange is drawing your gaze whilst the NSA buries the ax into your head and the CIA impregnates your dog.
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