Disturbing New WikiLeaks Dump Shows Just How Vulnerable We Are to Hacking

The new data dump by WikiLeaks showcases just how vulnerable our smartphones and smart TVs are to hacking. This first release, part of the larger Vault 7, provides insight into the massive capabilities of the CIA to use popular tech tools as a form of surveillance. Now, what happens when it gets into the wrong hands? 

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Okay, so maybe Big Brother is watching you.


It turns out that even apps like WhatsApp, Signal, Confide, and Telegram, which are all seen as strong for privacy and encryption, are vulnerable to hacking. In a disturbing new revelation, we are learning that hackers may have the capability of capturing audio and messaging date before the encryption takes place.

Can you hear me now? (Yes.)

In what may become the largest release of top-secret CIA information, WikiLeaks just released 8,761 documents and files that detail the agency's extensive hacking tools. This initial data dump, referred to as Year Zero, is the first installment in what is being nicknamed Vault 7. If WikiLeaks' assertions are Vault 7 are correct, the release would be a greater amount of information than gleaned from Edward Snowden.

While the CIA has not confirmed Vault 7's authenticity, it has not currently issued a denial of its veracity. We also do not know if the stockpile derived from a former CIA employee or contractor, it whether Vault 7 itself derives from hacking by a foreign government.

WikiLeaks has released less than 1% of its #Vault7 series in its part one publication yesterday 'Year Zero'.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 8, 2017

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