Looks like the muddy waters surrounding the Russian hacking “scandal” just got a lot more murky.
According to the Daily Mail, WikiLeaks has published hundreds more files today which it claims show the CIA went to great lengths to disguise its own hacking attacks and point the finger at Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
The 676 files released today are part of WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 tranche of files and they claim to give an insight into the CIA’s Marble software, which can forensically disguise viruses, trojans and hacking attacks.
WikiLeaks says the source code suggests Marble has test examples in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi (the Iranian language).
Marble software “is used to hamper forensic investigators and anti-virus companies from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the CIA” by “hiding … text fragments used in CIA malware from visual inspection.”
The source code shows … Marble has test examples not just in English but also in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi. This would permit a forensic attribution double game, for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese, but then showing attempts to conceal the use of Chinese, drawing forensic investigators … to the wrong conclusion.
A previous Wikileaks disclosure showed that the CIA hacking program was enormous in size and that its “hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook.” Its ability is also enormous — it can turn on normal household electronics like phones and television microphones.
The revelation that the CIA can not only hack but blame others for the hacking is sure to raise concerns. Especially since Congress is currently investigating alleged Russian hacking into the 2016 election.
Concerns have also been raised about the disclosure of the CIA’s tactics — our enemies now know some of our tactics.
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