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News WikiLeaks publishes massive 'Vault 7' CIA cracking trove

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 8 Mar 2017.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Lover of bit-tech Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    4 Dec 2007
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  2. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

    30 Oct 2012
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    When they said years ago that the internet will become governments new battlefield they weren't kidding, they seem so focused on this new battlefield that they're ignoring the innocent civilian casualties, then again what's new.
  3. AiA

    AiA Minimodder

    25 Jul 2009
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    I didn't know terrorists have the latest samsung smart tv's.

    I'm guessing just recording everything your phone mic picks is it alot more useful, dont even have to intercept the calls.
  4. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

    14 Jan 2009
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    I'm kind of in two minds about this:
    On the one hand, these are exactly the sort of capabilities we want our Sneaky Beakey agencies to be developing. That's rather the point of having them.
    On the other, by having these capabilities public they can be fixed, and there's no guarantee whatsoever that these same exploits have not been independently developed and exploited by others.

    What's honestly far more interesting than the contents of the 'leak' is how it came to Wikileaks in the first place. This doesn't seem to be like the case of Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden, with a specific "look at this specific shady **** being pulled" archive and a story attached, but what appears to be an anonymous dump of internal documentation. Was this an internal source (or disgruntled ex-employee who had too much access) who has just decided "**** everything"? External contractor who wanted to make a buck and poor OPSEC on the CIA's part? A foreign intelligence agency with active penetration they just lost access to, and want to send a message (and decimate an adversary's arsenal) while they could?

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