Could the CIA take control of your smart home or even hijack your car remotely? According to a massive dump of documents by WikiLeaks, if you’ve got a smart device of any kind, spies have a way to get to you.
WikiLeaks published over 8,000 documents it says come from the CIA’s cyber intelligence division. According to those documents, (which, of course, no one is willing to verify) that division has been pretty busy.
CIA hackers have allegedly malware for targeting Android smartphones and iPhones. Don’t think you’re protected if you’re using encryption. This malware can allegedly get around the encryption methods of apps like Signal, Telegram, Confide, and Cloakman.
But smartphones aren’t the only targets. There’s also malware designed for Microsoft, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It doesn’t matter which version of any of these operating system you’re using, apparently, the government can watch your every mood.
There’s even a program called Weeping Angel (is that a Doctor Who reference?) that can infect your smart TV. It sets up a fake off mode that makes you think the TV is off when in reality it’s watching you and recording your conversations. That’s probably a heck of a lot easier than breaking in and planting a listening device.
The agency is also reported to have looked into ways to hack into cars and infect them with malware that could either disable your vehicle or cause you to have an accident.
Reports also say that they’ve appropriated and altered Russian malware in order to blame CIA cyber-attacks on Russians.
I suppose one would hope that the CIA would be on top of the latest technology to use in spying efforts, but you’d also like to think that they know how to keep that information secret. But, if this information is real, they have a long way to go with that. I wonder if the password was password on their server?