Vault7 by WikiLeaks

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7″ by WikiLeaks project claims that recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized “zero day” exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hack Your Own Samsung TV With The CIA’s Weeping Angel Exploit

    [Wikileaks] has just published the CIA’s engineering notes for Weeping Angel Samsung TV Exploit. This dump includes information for field agents on how to exploit the Samsung’s F-series TVs, turning them into remotely controlled spy microphones that can send audio back to their HQ.

    An attacker needs physical access to exploit the Smart TV, because they need to insert a USB drive and press keys on the remote to update the firmware, so this isn’t something that you’re likely to suffer personally. The exploit works by pretending to turn off the TV when the user puts the TV into standby. In reality, it’s sitting there recording all the audio it can, and then sending it back to the attacker once it comes out of “fake off mode”.

    It is still unclear if this type of vulnerability could be fully patched without a product recall, although firmware version 1118+ eliminates the USB installation method.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Details MitM Attack Tool Used by CIA

    WikiLeaks has released documents detailing a man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to target local networks.

    The tool, initially called Fulcrum and later renamed Archimedes by its developers, can be used to conduct MitM attacks within a local area network (LAN). The leaked documents, dated between 2011 and 2014, describe it as a tool that allows the user to redirect LAN traffic from a targeted computer through an attacker-controlled machine before it’s passed on to the gateway.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Reveals A CIA LAN-Attacking Tool From ‘Vault 7′

    WikiLeaks continues to release revealing documents from its Vault 7 cache. This time around the organization introduces us to a CIA tool called Archimedes — previously known as Fulcrum. As before, there is little to confirm whether or not the tool is still in active use — or, indeed, if it has actually ever been used — but the documentation shows how it can be installed on a LAN to perform a man-in-the-middle attack.

    The manual itself explains how Archimedes works: “Archimedes is used to redirect LAN traffic from a target’s computer through an attacker controlled computer before it is passed to the gateway. This enables the tool to inject a forged web server response that will redirect the target’s web browser to an arbitrary location. This technique is typically used to redirect the target to an exploitation server while providing the appearance of a normal browsing session.”

    More Vault 7 leaks from WikiLeaks: Archimedes is the CIA’s man-in-the-middle hacking tool

    The manual itself explains how Archimedes works: “Archimedes is used to redirect LAN traffic from a target’s computer through an attacker controlled computer before it is passed to the gateway. This enables the tool to inject a forged web server response that will redirect the target’s web browser to an arbitrary location. This technique is typically used to redirect the target to an exploitation server while providing the appearance of a normal browsing session.”

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
    Cisco patches 318 switch models for 0-day remote exploit from March’s WikiLeaks CIA dump

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cisco Patches CIA Zero-Day Affecting Hundreds of Switches

    Cisco has finally released an update for its IOS and IOS XE software to address a critical vulnerability believed to have been used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to target the company’s switches.

    Cisco learned of the flaw in mid-March after conducting an analysis of the Vault 7 files made available by WikiLeaks. These files describe exploits allegedly used by the CIA to hack mobile devices, desktop systems, networking equipment and IoT devices.

    The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2017-3881, affects the cluster management protocol (CMP) processing code used by Cisco’s IOS and IOS XE software. An unauthenticated attacker can exploit the flaw remotely to cause devices to reload or for arbitrary code execution with elevated privileges.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Details More Windows Attack Tools Used by CIA

    WikiLeaks has published another round of documents describing tools allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The latest dump in the “Vault 7” series details two Windows frameworks named “AfterMidnight” and “Assassin.”

    AfterMidnight is described as a DLL that self-persists as a Windows service and provides secure execution for “Gremlins,” hidden payloads that allow attackers to subvert the functionality of targeted software, exfiltrate data, and provide internal services for other Gremlins.

    WikiLeaks has regularly published Vault 7 files since March 7

    However, the organization has not published any actual exploits in an effort to prevent abuse. The recent WannaCry ransomware attacks, which rely on exploits allegedly developed by the NSA and leaked by the Shadow Brokers, have demonstrated that leaking exploits developed by intelligence agencies could have serious consequences.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Dump Reveals CIA Malware That Can Sabotage User Software

    “While the world was busy dealing with the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, last Friday, about the time when we were first seeing a surge in WannaCry attacks, WikiLeaks dumped new files part of the Vault 7 series,” reports BleepingComputer. This time, the organization dumped user manuals for two hacking tools named AfterMidnight and Assassin. Both are malware frameworks, but of the two, the most interesting is AfterMidnight — a backdoor trojan for stealing data from infected PCs.

    WikiLeaks Dump Reveals CIA Malware That Can Sabotage User Software

    This time around, the organization dumped user manuals for two hacking tools named AfterMidnight and Assassin, two very simplistic malware frameworks, allegedly developed and stolen from the CIA.


    The first of the two is AfterMidnight. In simple terms, and based on the data contained in AfterMidnight’s documentation, this tool is a malware installed on a target’s PC as a DLL file that works as a backdoor.

    The DLL persists between PC reboots and connects to a C&C server via HTTPS, from where it downloads modules to execute. The manual refers to these modules under the name of Gremlins, or Gremlinware.

    To work, AfterMidnight needs a constant Internet connection because if the tool can’t reach its C&C server, it will not launch any of its modules into execution.


    The second manual included in last week’s WikiLeaks dump is for Assassin, a malware framework that is very similar to AfterMidnight.

    Assassin includes a builder, an implant, a command-and-control (C&C) server, and a listening post (an intermediary between the Assassin malware implant and the C&C server).

    The Assassin implant is designed to run as a service on the victim’s Windows computer and is used mainly for execution a precise series of tasks, collecting, and then exfiltrating user data, aka, your regular backdoor trojan behavior.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Details Malware Made by CIA and U.S. Security Firm

    WikiLeaks has published documents detailing another spy tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The latest files describe “Athena,” a piece of malware whose developers claim it works on all versions of Windows.

    Documents apparently created between September 2015 and February 2016 describe Athena as an implant that can be used as a beacon and for loading various payloads into memory. The tool also allows its operator to plant and fetch files to or from a specified location on the compromised system.

    A leaked diagram shows that Athena can be loaded onto the targeted computer by an asset, a remote operator, or via the supply chain. The implant is said to work on all versions of Windows from XP through 10, including Windows Server 2008 and 2012, on both x86 and x64 architectures.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CIA Tool ‘Pandemic’ Replaces Legitimate Files With Malware

    Documents published by WikiLeaks on Thursday describe a tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to spread malware on a targeted organization’s network.

    The tool, named “Pandemic,” installs a file system filter driver designed to replace legitimate files with a malicious payload when they are accessed remotely via the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

    What makes Pandemic interesting is the fact that it replaces files on-the-fly, instead of actually modifying them on the device the malware is running on. By leaving the legitimate file unchanged, attackers make it more difficult for defenders to identify infected systems.

    “Pandemic does NOT//NOT make any physical changes to the targeted file on disk. The targeted file on the system Pandemic is installed on remains unchanged. Users that are targeted by Pandemic, and use SMB to download the targeted file, will receive the ‘replacement’ file,” the tool’s developers said.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks emits CIA’s Wi-Fi pwnage tool docs
    Spies do spying, part 78: Cherry Blossom malware gobbles up data flowing through routers

    Hundreds of commercial Wi-Fi routers are, or were, easily hackable by the CIA, according to classified files published today by WikiLeaks.

    The confidential US government documents describe the Cherry Blossom project, which is the framework by which CIA operatives can subvert wireless routers; install software that harvests email addresses, chat usernames, MAC addresses and VoIP numbers; and allow man-in-the-middle attacks and browser redirection.

    We’re told Cherry Blossom, or at least version 5 of it, allows agents to infect both wireless and wired access points by installing a firmware upgrade dubbed FlyTrap that can be put on the device without needing physical access to it.

    Flytrap can monitor internet traffic through the router, redirect web browser connections to websites that the CIA wants a target to see, proxy a target’s network connections, and harvest and copy data traffic. It then sends it all back to a command and control system called Cherry Tree.

    “The key component is the Flytrap, which is typically a wireless (802.11/WiFi) device (router/access point) that has been implanted with CB firmware,” the documents state.

    Cherry Blossom

    15 June, 2017

    Today, June 15th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the CherryBlossom project of the CIA that was developed and implemented with the help of the US nonprofit Stanford Research Institute (SRI International).

    CherryBlossom provides a means of monitoring the Internet activity of and performing software exploits on Targets of interest. In particular, CherryBlossom is focused on compromising wireless networking devices, such as wireless routers and access points (APs), to achieve these goals.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
    WikiLeaks documents show how CIA infected WiFi routers from 10 manufacturers including D-Link and Linksys to monitor and manipulate traffic, infect more devices

    Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years
    Latest Vault7 release exposes network-spying operation CIA kept secret since 2007.

    Home routers from 10 manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, and Belkin, can be turned into covert listening posts that allow the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices. That’s according to secret documents posted Thursday by WikiLeaks.

    CherryBlossom, as the implant is code-named, can be especially effective against targets using some D-Link-made DIR-130 and Linksys-manufactured WRT300N models because they can be remotely infected even when they use a strong administrative password. An exploit code-named Tomato can extract their passwords as long as a default feature known as universal plug and play remains on. Routers that are protected by a default or easily-guessed administrative password are, of course, trivial to infect. In all, documents say CherryBlossom runs on 25 router models, although it’s likely modifications would allow the implant to run on at least 100 more.

    The 175-page CherryBlossom user guide describes a Linux-based operating system that can run on a broad range of routers. Once installed, CherryBlossom turns the device into a “FlyTrap” that beacons a CIA-controlled server known as a “CherryTree.” The beacon includes device status and security information that the CherryTree logs to a database. In response, the CherryTree sends the infected device a “Mission” consisting of specific tasks tailored to the target. CIA operators can use a “CherryWeb” browser-based user interface to view Flytrap status and security information, plan new missions, view mission-related data, and perform system administration tasks.


  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How the CIA infects air-gapped networks
    Sprawling “Brutal Kangaroo“ spreads malware using booby-trapped USB drives.

    Documents published Thursday purport to show how the Central Intelligence Agency has used USB drives to infiltrate computers so sensitive they are severed from the Internet to prevent them from being infected.

    More than 150 pages of materials published by WikiLeaks describe a platform code-named Brutal Kangaroo that includes a sprawling collection of components to target computers and networks that aren’t connected to the Internet. Drifting Deadline was a tool that was installed on computers of interest. It, in turn, would infect any USB drive that was connected. When the drive was later plugged into air-gapped machines, the drive would infect them with one or more pieces of malware suited to the mission at hand. A Microsoft representative said none of the exploits described work on supported versions of Windows.

    The infected USB drives were at least sometimes able to infect computers even when users didn’t open any files. The so-called EZCheese exploit, which was neutralized by a patch Microsoft appears to have released in 2015, worked anytime a malicious file icon was displayed by the Windows explorer.

    Microsoft didn’t say when it patched the vulnerabilities exploited by Lachesis and RiverJack. Interestingly, Microsoft earlier this month patched a critical vulnerability that allowed so-called .LNK files stored on removable drives and remote shares to execute malicious code. Microsoft said in its advisory that the vulnerability was being actively exploited but didn’t elaborate.

    Brutal Kangaroo

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years
    Latest Vault7 release exposes network-spying operation CIA kept secret since 2007.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Details CIA’s Air-Gapped Network Hacking Tool

    WikiLeaks published several documents on Thursday detailing a tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to hack air-gapped networks through USB drives.

    Dubbed “Brutal Kangaroo,” it has been described by its developer as a tool suite designed for targeting closed networks. The infected systems will form a covert network, and the attacker will be able to obtain information and execute arbitrary files.

    One component of Brutal Kangaroo is called “Shattered Assurance” and it’s designed to automatically spread the tool to USB drives connected to a device within the targeted organization that was infected remotely via the Internet. Shattered Assurance relies on a tool named “Drifting Deadline” to infect thumb drives.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Details CIA’s Air-Gapped Network Hacking Tool

    WikiLeaks published several documents on Thursday detailing a tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to hack air-gapped networks through USB drives.

    Dubbed “Brutal Kangaroo,” it has been described by its developer as a tool suite designed for targeting closed networks. The infected systems will form a covert network, and the attacker will be able to obtain information and execute arbitrary files.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

    The latest cache of classified intelligence documents dumped online by WikiLeaks includes files describing malware CIA apparently uses to track PCs via Wi‑Fi.

    The Julian Assange-led website claims the spyware, codenamed ELSA, infects a target’s Windows computer and then harvests wireless network details to pinpoint the location of the machine.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ‘HighRise’ Android Malware Used by CIA to Intercept SMS Messages

    WikiLeaks on Thursday published a user guide describing what appears to be a tool used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to intercept SMS messages on Android mobile devices.

    Named HighRise, the version of the malware described in the WikiLeaks document is disguised as an app called TideCheck, and it only works on Android versions between 4.0 and 4.3.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ‘Dumbo’ Tool Helps CIA Agents Disable Security Cameras

    The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has developed a tool that disables security cameras and corrupts recordings in an effort to prevent its agents from getting compromised, according to documents published on Thursday by WikiLeaks.

    The tool, dubbed “Dumbo,” is executed directly from a USB thumb drive by an operative who has physical access to the targeted device. Once executed, the program can mute microphones, disable network adapters, and suspend processes associated with video recording devices.

    Dumbo also informs its user of where those video recording processes store footage so that the files can be corrupted or deleted.

    The user guides made available by WikiLeaks — the latest version is dated June 2015 — show that the tool was developed in response to the need for a capability to disrupt webcams and corrupt recordings in an effort to prevent a PAG (Physical Access Group) deployment from getting compromised.

    PAG is a special branch within the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI) and its role is to gain physical access to computers and exploit this access, WikiLeaks said.

    The tool, designed for Windows XP and newer versions of the Microsoft operating system, needs SYSTEM privileges to function correctly.

    “[The tool] identifies installed devices like webcams and microphones, either locally or connected by wireless (Bluetooth, WiFi) or wired networks. All processes related to the detected devices (usually recording, monitoring or detection of video/audio/network streams) are also identified and can be stopped by the operator,” WikiLeaks said. “By deleting or manipulating recordings the operator is aided in creating fake or destroying actual evidence of the intrusion operation.”

    Dumbo developers pointed out that home security products (e.g. Kaspersky antivirus) may block some of the tool’s functions, and advised users to disable any protections before installation.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This is How CIA Disables Security Cameras During Hollywood-Style Operations

    In last 20 years, we have seen hundreds of caper/heist movies where spies or bank robbers hijack surveillance cameras of secure premises to either stop recording or set up an endless loop for covert operations without leaving any evidence.
    Whenever I see such scenes in a movie, I wonder and ask myself: Does this happen in real-life?
    Yes, it does, trust me—at least CIA agents are doing this.

    WikiLeaks has just unveiled another classified CIA project, dubbed ‘Dumbo,’ which details how CIA agents hijack and manipulate webcams and microphones in Hollywood style “to gain and exploit physical access to target computers in CIA field operations.”

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CIA’s “CouchPotato” Collects Video Streams

    WikiLeaks has published documents that describe a remote tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to collect RTSP/H.264 video streams.

    Dubbed “CouchPotato,” the tool can apparently be used to collect the stream as a video file (AVI), or to capture still images (JPG) of frames from the stream, as long as these frames are “of significant change from a previously captured frame.”

    To perform the video and image encoding and decoding operations, the tool leverages the free software project FFmpeg. However, many audio and video codecs, along with unnecessary features, have been removed from the FFmpeg version used by CouchPotato.

    To provide the tool with image change detection features, the pHash image hashing algorithm has been integrated into FFmpeg’s image2 demuxer. CouchPotato also uses RTSP connectivity and “relies on being launched in an ICE v3 Fire and Collect compatible loader,” the tool’s user guide published on WikiLeaks reveals (PDF).

    Thus, the use of this tool requires a loader that can support the ICE v3 specification

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks: CIA Secretly Collected Data From Liaison Services

    WikiLeaks has published another round of Vault 7 documents, this time describing a tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to secretly collect biometric data from the agency’s liaison services.

    The leaked documents, marked as “secret,” appear to reveal that the CIA’s Office of Technical Services (OTS) and Identity Intelligence Center (I2C), both part of the agency’s Directorate of Science and Technology, have provided liaison services with a system that collects biometric information.

    According to WikiLeaks, these liaison services include other U.S. government agencies, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

    In order to ensure that liaison services share the collected biometric data, the CIA has developed a tool called ExpressLane, which secretly copies the data collected by the biometric software and disables this software if continued access is not provided to the agency.

    The documents show that ExpressLane is installed on the targeted system by an OTS officer claiming to perform an upgrade to the biometric system from a USB drive.

    Another feature of ExpressLane allows the agency to ensure that the biometric software is disabled after a specified number of days unless action is taken. When the tool is installed, a kill date, which specifies when the biometric software will stop functioning, is set (the default value is 6 months in the future). If an agent does not return with the ExpressLane USB drive within that period, the license for the biometric software expires. Whenever ExpressLane is run on the targeted system, the kill date is extended.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The CIA built a fake software update system to spy on intel partners

    Anyone relying on the CIA for tech support got a nasty surprise this morning, as documents published by Wikileaks revealed a secret project to siphon out data through its technical liaison service, dating back to 2009.

    The program, called ExpressLane, is designed to be deployed alongside a biometric collection system that the CIA provides to partner agencies. In theory, those partners are agreeing to provide the CIA with access to specific biometric data — but on the off-chance those partners are holding out on them, ExpressLane gives the agency a way to take it without anyone knowing.

    ExpressLane masquerades as a software update, delivered in-person by CIA technicians — but the documents make clear that the program itself will remain unchanged. Instead, the program siphons the system’s data to a thumb drive, where agents can examine it to see if there’s anything the partner system is holding back. If the partners refuse the phony update, there’s a hidden kill-switch that lets agents shut down the entire system after a set period of time, requiring an in-person visit to restore the system.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CIA’s “AngelFire” Modifies Windows’ Boot Sector to Load Malware

    Wikileaks on Thursday published documents detailing AngelFire, a tool allegedly used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to load and execute implants on Windows-based systems.

    Similar to other “Vault7” tools that Wikileaks unveiled over the past several months, such as Grasshopper and AfterMidnight, AngelFire is a persistent framework targeting computers running Windows XP and Windows 7.

    According to the published documents, the framework consists of five components: Solartime, Wolfcreek, Keystone (previously called MagicWand), BadMFS, and the Windows Transitory File system.

    Solartime was designed to modify the partition boot sector so as to load the Wolfcreek implant when Windows loads boot time device drivers. Wolfcreek is a self-loading driver that can load additional drivers and user-mode applications after execution. By loading additional implants, memory leaks that could be detected on infected machines are created.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Says CIA Impersonated Kaspersky Lab

    WikiLeaks has resumed its CIA leaks and it has now started publishing source code and other files associated with tools allegedly developed by the intelligence agency.

    In March, WikiLeaks began publishing documentation files describing what appeared to be CIA hacking tools as part of a leak dubbed Vault 7. Roughly two dozen tools and projects were disclosed over the course of several months.

    Now, after a two-month break, WikiLeaks announced a new round of leaks dubbed Vault 8, which provides source code and analysis for CIA tools. The organization pointed out that, similar to Vault 7, Vault 8 will not expose any zero-day or other vulnerabilities that could be used for malicious purposes.

    The first Vault 8 leak covers Hive, a project whose documentation was published by WikiLeaks in mid-April. The organization has now released source code and development logs for Hive.

    Hive has been described as a tool designed to help malware communicate with a remote server without raising suspicion.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    WikiLeaks Starts Releasing Source Code For Alleged CIA Spying Tools

    The secret-spilling organization launches a new series where it will release the source code of alleged CIA tools from the Vault 7 series.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA
    Available now via everyone’s favorite publisher, WikiLeaks

    WikiLeaks has shoved online more internal classified stuff nicked from the CIA – this time what’s said to be the source code for spyware used by Uncle Sam to infect and snoop on targets’ computers and devices.

    Today’s code dump is part of a larger collection called Vault 8, and spills onto the internet what is claimed to be the CIA’s Hive tool. This is two-part component: one half runs on a snoop-controlled server and issues commands to the client, the other half, which lurks quietly on an infected device or computer.

    How exactly the client side of the malware gets into the endpoints to do its spying isn’t revealed: there are no exploits for vulnerabilities in the code, nor any zero days uncovered, it appears. It’s a remote-control tool that sheds light on the CIA’s programming abilities – and the C code is pleasantly clean from our glance through it – and handily lays out a way to perform server-client operations. A free US taxpayer-funded programming tutorial, if you will.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ex-CIA Employee Suspected in WikiLeaks ‘Vault7′ Leak

    A former employee of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is believed to have provided WikiLeaks the files made public by the whistleblower organization as part of its ‘Vault 7’ leak, which focuses on hacking tools used by the CIA.

    According to The New York Times and The Washington Post, the suspect is 29-year-old software engineer Joshua Adam Schulte. The man’s LinkedIn profile shows that he worked for the NSA for five months in 2010 as a systems engineer, and then joined the CIA as a software engineer. He left the CIA in November 2016, when he moved to New York City and started working as a senior software engineer for Bloomberg.

    While authorities reportedly started suspecting Schulte of providing files to WikiLeaks roughly one week after the first round of Vault 7 documents were released in March 2017, he still has not been charged in connection to the leaks. Instead, he has been jailed for possessing child pornography.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
    Archives show ex-CIA officer who allegedly leaked Vault 7 files to WikiLeaks uploaded some CIA-related source code to a personal website tied to his real name

    Alleged CIA Leaker Joshua Schulte Has Some of the Worst Opsec I’ve Ever Seen

    Joshua Schulte uploaded CIA code to a personal website linked to his real name, archived versions of the site show.

    A former CIA intelligence officer who is suspected by the government of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks appears to have uploaded at least some CIA-related source code to a personal website linked to his real name, files reviewed by Motherboard show. For years, the site was available to anyone on the internet and the server that hosted it was seized by the government in an ongoing child pornography case against him.

    Quite simply, Schulte has some of the worst opsec and messiest online presence of anyone I’ve ever reported on. The amount of sensitive personal information he uploaded to a publicly available website while employed by the CIA is mind-boggling.

  29. PI in Mississauga says:

    Grrr, A blog is had by me personally on my website and it sucks.
    I actually
    removed it, but may have to bring it back. You gave me inspiration!
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  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Months-long trial of alleged CIA Vault 7 exploit leaker ends with hung jury: Ex-sysadmin guilty of contempt, lying to FBI
    Mystery still surrounds saga of top-secret tools spillage

    The extraordinary trial of a former CIA sysadmin accusing of leaking top-secret hacking tools to WikiLeaks has ended in a mistrial.

    In Manhattan court on Monday morning, jurors indicated to Judge Paul Crotty they had been unable to reach agreement on the eight most serious counts, which included illegal gathering and transmission of national defense information: charges that would have seen Schulte, 31, sent to jail for most of the rest of his life.

    They did however find him guilty on two counts – contempt of court, and making false statements to the FBI – although he has already spent more time behind bars awaiting trial than he would be required to serve under those counts.

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Theft of CIA’s Vault 7′ Secrets Tied to Woefully Lax” Security
    A just-released report on the 2016 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    data breach, which lead to the Vault 7 document dump on WikiLeaks,
    blames “woefully lax” security by the nation’s top spy agency. The
    report described the CIA as “focused more on building up cyber tools
    than keeping them secure.”. Part of the investigation revealed
    sensitive cyber weapons were not compartmented and government
    cybersecurity researchers shared systems administrator-level
    passwords. Systems with sensitive data were not equipped with user
    activity monitoring and historical data was available to users
    indefinitely, the report stated.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Washington Post:
    CIA report: security was so lax at the time of the Vault 7 breach that if WikiLeaks hadn’t published its trove, CIA may have never known they were compromised — The theft of top-secret computer hacking tools from the CIA in 2016 was the result of a workplace culture in which the agency’s …

    Elite CIA unit that developed hacking tools failed to secure its own systems, allowing massive leak, an internal report found

    The theft of top-secret computer hacking tools from the CIA in 2016 was the result of a workplace culture in which the agency’s elite computer hackers “prioritized building cyber weapons at the expense of securing their own systems,” according to an internal report prepared for then-director Mike Pompeo as well as his deputy, Gina Haspel, now the director.

    The breach — allegedly committed by a CIA employee — was discovered a year after it happened, when the information was published by WikiLeaks in March 2017. The anti-secrecy group dubbed the release “Vault 7,” and U.S. officials have said it was the biggest unauthorized disclosure of classified information in the CIA’s history, causing the agency to shut down some intelligence operations and alerting foreign adversaries to the spy agency’s techniques.

    The October 2017 report by the CIA’s WikiLeaks Task Force, several pages of which were missing or redacted, portrays an agency more concerned with bulking up its cyber arsenal than keeping those tools secure. Security procedures were “woefully lax” within the special unit that designed and built the tools, the report said.

    Without the WikiLeaks disclosure, the CIA might never have known the tools had been stolen, according to the report. “Had the data been stolen for the benefit of a state adversary and not published, we might still be unaware of the loss,” the task force concluded.

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Wikileaksin perustaja Assange on julistettu vapaaksi
    Julian Assange tunnusti syyllisyytensä yhteen syytekohtaan vastineeksi vapaudestaan. Kyseinen syytekohta koskee sotilassalaisuuksien paljastamista.


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