US Investigates Latest Cyber Breach at CIA

Time: 11:13 a.m. CEST

The U.S. officials are in early stages of investigating the latest breach at the national security agencies after anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks exposed the programs allegedly used by CIA to track digital communications. The Washington Post writes that the case prompted speculation “it was carried out by Russia and another foreign government with the skills, resources and determination to target the CIA.” But, the possibility exists of former employee was responsible for the latest breach, which WikiLeaks names as “Vault 7.”

As the Times writes, the CIA refused to address the issue of the documents authenticity, but CIA spokesman explain agency mission “is to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America.” After publishing about “Vault 7,” WikiLeaks released 1 gigabyte of data, and the cache of released tools does not appear to have source code for hacking tools. But, the published documents describe tools usable for collecting data of computers or phones.

Tools with descriptive names explain the process of getting data offline or online on different machines bypassing anti-virus software. Published documents revealed not only internal jokes, but also a map of the CIA’s cyber-division, which includes Directorate of Digital Innovation, responsible directly to CIA chief.

The Center for Cyber Intelligence has various branches with different tasks, from cracking security on Apple iPhones to reaching communication nodes of the Islamic State group. This center is in Northern Virginia, but it has major outpost overseas, including the hacking station at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.

The White House press secretary Sean Spicer commented, “there is big difference between disclosing Podesta’s gmail account and leaking of classified information,” but released no further details on possible investigation.


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