Wikileaks once again released an assemblage of hacking tools which it says as if it belongs to United States Central Intelligence Agencey (CIA). Interestingly, this WikiLeaks dump is codenamed as “Vault 7”. If you remember, last summer in 2016 when similar tools were released by rouge group of hackers who presented themselves with the name “Shadow Broker”. Then, the hacker claimed that released tools were cheated from United National Security Agency (NSA).
In WikiLeaks Press Release, the company has claimed that it has possession of the CIA hacking store which includes malware, virus, exploits, malware remote control systems and all kind of associated docs. The WikiLeaks dump contained CIA hacking tools in PDF documentation and there is no malware or exploits in it. This WikLeaks dump can easily be downloaded as a torrent file which is in the form of password-protected archive. The password of archive is “SplinterItIntoAThousandPiecesAndScatterItIntoTheWinds”. Wikileaks twitted this after few hours of leak. When the archive file is unzipped, it contains a folder named as “yearO” which contains 930 MB of data. Many of the tools present in it is marked as “Confidential” or “TopSecret” while so many of them are simply marked with intelligence agencies names such as FBI, GCHQ, MI5 and so on. Interesting, WikiLeaks claims that many of the tools and files has come from US government contractors as well as hackers. The company further clams that there are more such leaks to come in near future. The initial release of 8761 documents contains the details about the tools used by CIA to break in phones, communication apps and other electronic devices such as smart TVs. This leak questions the capability of US spy agency mainly CIA regarding the protection of highly secret documents.