WikiLeaks has unveiled the global hacking program that claimed the CIA hacked iPhones and Microsoft Windows, the whistle-blowing organization also claimed that CIA worked with MI5 to turn Samsung TVs into microphones.
Julian Assange said that WikiLeaks will unveil confidential documents from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency as part of its mysterious Year Zero series. WikiLeaks has issued the release and it claims that the CIA has been carrying out a global covert hacking program that exploits the US and European companies, adding that the CIA was using hacked mobile phones and vehicle control systems in modern cars to carry out assassinations.
WikiLeaks claims that these include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which it says are turned into covert microphones. Assange was scheduled to speak about Year Zero on Facebook today, but a live stream of the event was hacked. It is not yet clear when the event has been rescheduled to.
In a statement published on its website, WikiLeaks also claims that the attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the UK’s domestic intelligence agency MI5, adding that Weeping Angel, which was developed by the CIA’s Embedded Devices Branch (EDB), infests smart TVs, thus transforming them into covert microphones. The organization says that after infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a Fake-Off mode so that the owner can falsely believe the TV is off while it's not, meanwhile it records conversations in the room and sends them over the internet to a covert CIA server.
The CIA also planned to hack cars and trucks so that it could carry out undetectable assassinations. The organization claims that from October 2014, the CIA was seeking ways of infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks to enable them to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations, adding that the CIA’s Mobile Devices Branch developed numerous ways of hacking and controlling popular smartphones remotely.
WikiLeaks claimed that these include iPhones, which has a 14% market share and Google Android which is used to run most smartphones around 85%. The organization adds that infected phones can be instructed to send the CIA the user’s geolocation, audio and text communications.
WikiLeaks has also indicated that the CIA could bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman by hacking smartphones that they run on and collecting the audio and message before the encryption is in place.