Robert Gehl reports Wikileaks released 676 source code files today it claims are from the CIA and shows the agency tried to disguise its own hacking attempts as efforts by the Russians, North Koreans and others.
The leaks are part of the “Vault 7 – Marble Framework” that they claim gives insight into the CIA’s “Marble” software, which can disguise viruses, trojans, and hacking attacks forensically.
The source code has test examples in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi (the Iranian language), suggesting they were attempting to hide their efforts and blame it on rogue countries and state actors.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 31, 2017
“This would permit a forensic attribution double game, for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese,” the said.
Ultimately, this could lead forensic investigators to conclude that the CIA hacks were carried out by the Chinese government, the North Koreans, Chinese, or Vladimir Putin himself.
WikiLeaks, whose founder Julian Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, said Vault 7 was the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public, The Daily Mail reports.
Earlier this month, the hacktivist group published thousands of documents claiming to expose CIA hacking secrets, including that the agency can break into Android phones, iPhones and some smart televisions.
They were also looking into how to take control of the vehicle control systems in modern cars and trucks, WikiLeaks reported. The leaks revealed just how incredibly far-reaching the government’s hacking powers go.