CIA Could/Can “Mask” its Own Cyberattacks
WikiLeaks’ latest data “dump” of hacked info from the CIA shows how the US spy agency could mask its own cyberattacks to make it look like it came from another foreign government.
Russian, Chinese, North Korea, Arabic, Farsi, it’s all in the source code, according to reports Friday.
It’s the latest revelation from Julian Assange, who released 676 files from the CIA that prove its software capabilities in waging cyber warfare.
But it is one Russia’s foreign minister picked up on when WikiLeaks first dumped about 9,000 files of the CIA’s cyberespionage toolkit on 7 March, including hacking into Smart TVs and phones and using them as surveillance devices.
Sergey Lavrov said “the CIA could get access to such ‘fingerprints’ and then use them,” making the point that the Russians were wrongly blamed for hacking the Democrats and meddling in the presidential election.
Officials questioned CIA contractors who might have provided Mr. Assange with the classified as a way of getting back the CIA for job losses.
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