WikiLeaks has sensationally claimed it has 8,761 documents detailing how the Central Intelligence Agency exploits popular products to spy on the world’s citizens.
Called “Year Zero”, the documents outline a range of different exploits for popular products that include the iPhone and Samsung’s internet-connected TVs.
According to WikiLeaks: “‘Year Zero’ introduces the scope and direction of the CIA’s global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of “zero day” weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.”
Julian Assange’s explosive revelations stop short of actually revealing the source code that would enable any hobbyist to enact the exploits themselves.
But WikiLeaks doesn’t rule this action out completely:
“WikiLeaks has carefully reviewed the “Year Zero” disclosure and published substantive CIA documentation while avoiding the distribution of ‘armed’ cyberweapons until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the CIA’s program and how such ‘weapons’ should analyzed, disarmed and published,” the site said .