This was the big news this week. Wikileaks dumped what is being called Vault 7, and it’s a veritable treasure trove of vulnerabilities the CIA uses to hack into the most common systems in the world (examples: Windows, iOS, Android, smart TVs, etc.). Here are the Cliff’s Notes:
- They both created and discovered zero day exploits in systems and didn’t alert the manufacturers to the vulnerabilities, exposing millions of users to criminal hackers.
- Through a flaw in the Windows Control Panel they have the ability to plant files on a target’s hard drive.
- A hack they refer to as “Weeping Angel” allows them to turn Samsung smart TVs into listening devices even when the TV is off.
- The CIA hackers have a sense of humor, giving their various hacks names like RickyBobby, SuckerPunch, RoidRage, WreckingCrew, and Gaping Hole of DOOM.