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    'Vault 7': WikiLeaks Exposes CIA's Global Covert Hacking Program in Largest Ever Leak (46)

    Wikileaks has published a new batch of the Vault 7 leak. The new leak exposed the documentation and source code for CIA's "Scribbles" project, a document-watermarking preprocessing system to embed "Web beacon"-style tags into documents that are likely to be stolen by FIO (Foreign Intelligence Officers).

    According to WikiLeaks, Scribbles is aimed at the off-line preprocessing of Microsoft Office documents, while opening a marked document in any other similar application such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice may result in revealing watermarks and URLs for the user.

    The published version of Scribbles is dated March 1, 2016, and classified secret until 2066, Wikileaks added.

    On March 7, WikiLeaks began publishing what it said was a large archive of classified CIA-related files. The first part of the release shed light on hacking techniques developed and employed by the agency, including programs targeting all major computer operating systems.

    According to the website, a large archive comprising various viruses, malware, software vulnerability hacks and relevant documentation, was uncovered by US government hackers, which is how WikiLeaks gained access to some of the data from the trove.

    The "Year Zero" batch was followed by the "Dark Matter" released on Match 23. The third batch called "Marble" was released on March 31. The "Grasshopper" batch revealing a platform for building malware was released on April 4. The HIVE batch revealing top secret CIA virus control system was released on April 14.

    The first batch of Wikileaks' CIA revelations shed light on a technology allowing to turn on a Samsung smart TV set's audio recording capabilities remotely which had been designed by the CIA and the UK Security Service MI5.

    In March 2016, WikiLeaks published over 8,700 classified CIA documents that revealed the agency's hoarding hacking technologies and listed major operating system vulnerabilities.

    On April 21, WikiLeaks presented a user guide for CIA's "Weeping Angel" tool, a surveillance program using Samsung smart TV sets.

    'Vault 7': WikiLeaks Exposes CIA's Global Covert Hacking Program in Largest Ever Leak (46)


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