WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Hacking Projects, From Weeping Angel to Hammer Drill – WSJ
WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Hacking Projects, From Weeping Angel to Hammer Drill
Documents exposed agency projects that allegedly infect CDs, hack Samsung smart TVs and more
Weeping Angel, Hammer Drill and Fine Dining are some of the CIA projects exposed in the WikiLeaks information dump.PHOTO: SAUL LOEB/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
Alan CullisonMarch 8, 2017 7:03 pm ET
WikiLeaks’ dump of information this weekmay be the largest breach of classified information in the CIA’s history. The FBI is probing the leak, which revealed information on approximately 500 CIA projects, each with its own sub-projects, malware and hacker tools. Here are some of the notable CIA initiatives exposed in the trove of documents:
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Weeping Angel: A program developed in collaboration with British intelligence that allegedly captures audio—but not video—from peoples’ homes by hacking Samsungsmart TVs. According to Wikileaks, the CIA can turn these TVs into bugging devices even when they are turned off, so conversations can be recorded and sent to a covert CIA server.
Hammer Drill: A malware that targets Windows operating systems by infecting software on CDs and DVDs. Wikileaks says the malware has air gap-jumping abilities that allow it to target computers isolated from the internet.
Fine Dining: A suite of 24 decoy applications that, according to Wikileaks, CIA agents can use to infect a computer or collect data while they appear only to be running innocuous programs such as a slide show or computer game.
HarpyEagle: Appears to be a CIA program that has been investigating how to use wireless routers associated with Apple AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule to access the file systems of targeted computers.ADVERTISEMENThttps://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0
HIVE: A suite of malware developed by the CIA that targets Windows, Solaris, Linux and MikroTik internet routers and helps establish communication with infected computer systems, according to Wikileaks.
Umbrage: A library of malicious software components taken from commercial and foreign sources found to have been used in internet hacking attacks. The library appears to give the CIA the ability to deploy hacking tools and techniques that have been known to work in operations by other countries.