WikiLeaks published 8,761 CIA documents which reveal how carefully the CIA works with device manufacturers, Samsung, Apple, etc., plus operating systems from Microsoft Windows, Mac OS/S, Solaris, Linus, and others, to spy on the world.
It is now revealed, no one is safe from CIA hacking; your privacy is gone.
The White House struck out attacking the release, saying they will go after the person who did the release, and has not commented on the fact that the US Government hacks the world! The whistleblower(s) have not been named; it is usually just a matter of time before they find out who on the inside released the documents to WikiLeaks.
The documents reveal that the CIA has exploited bugs in software and hardware to create a backdoor for listening, they can even listen through your Samsung Smart TV when it is turned off. Then they cover their tracks making sure there is no exposure to themselves, and then they publically make the rest of the world believe it is the Russians and Chinese that are doing the hacking.
The entire release is available here.
The codenames of their programs are like computer games, “Assassin,” “Medusa,” and “Brutal Kangaroo.” The program that intrudes into your Smart TV is named “Weeping Angel.”
They spoof your TV’s on/off mode on the display to a “false off” mode. They only way you can protect yourself is to unplug the power cord and the signal cable from the TV every time you turn it off. But, your Android operated smartphone is always on, and always they can listen to it.
Most people’s reaction is of disinterest with comments like “what’s new, I have always believed they spy on everything.” However, this could be the most brazen and illegal US Constitution violation ever! The US Constitution is supposed to protect its citizen’s right to privacy, as does many other Countries. This is why a statement from the Whitehouse to attack the whistleblowers, Whitehouse spokesperson, Spicer, “We will go after the people who leak classified information,” has failed to address the fact of the illegal invasion of privacy, worldwide.
WikiLeaks claims the documents were disseminated to over 5000 people internally, with only a ‘confidential’ classification, and one of them dumped them to WikiLeaks.
The debate between the privacy of citizen’s vs. government intrusion didn’t heat up so much with the Snowden release of the NSA spying operations. Snowden is still in exile in Moscow and has stated that if he could obtain a fair hearing in an appropriate court of law, he would return to the US. The question is, will this new dump from the CIA fire up the debate? Have the citizens become so accustomed to the government routinely violating their civil rights that their low expectations do not cause any uproar or outrage any longer?
The manufacturers are caught between a rock and a hard place. The CIA does not tell them where their vulnerabilities are as it would close their access, so they cannot fix them from intrusion. So their devices are also open for other spies around the world to exploit as well.
In the US there are organized protests at college campuses, many have turned violent. What are they protesting? They are using their free speech rights to shut down ideas from people they don’t agree with. If they don’t agree with an idea, they should at least allow those interested in the idea to attend peacefully. The protests are violating the free speech rights of those speakers and the audience who wish to participate. The question has to be asked, why don’t these students protest against the invasion of privacy by government hackers? Have constitutionally guaranteed liberties become irrelevant?