C.E. Dyer reports that WikiLeaks released the first part of Vault 7, an enormous trove of documents reportedly from U.S. Intelligence, and with what they claim is “less than 1%” of what they have, there’s a great deal more to come. The documents have already provided extraordinary information about U.S. intelligence tools and now WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has said that his organization is working with tech companies to help avoid the inevitable dangers.
USA Today reported:
WikiLeaks will allow tech companies access to much more detailed information about CIA hacking techniques so they can “develop fixes” before the information is widely published, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday.
Assange spoke two days after WikiLeaks published thousands of documents it said revealed hacking tools the CIA developed to break into servers, smartphones, computers and TVs. The news conference took place at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where Assange has been holed up since seeking asylum in 2012.
“The Central Intelligence Agency lost control of its entire cyberweapons arsenal,” Assange said. “This is an historic act of devastating incompetence to have created such an arsenal and stored it all in one place and not secured it.”
Some tech firms have reached out to WikiLeaks about the information, according to Assange, who noted that his organization hasn’t published everything they have because they don’t want “journalists and people of the world, our sources, being hacked using these weapons.”
Assange noted that they have deduced that the best way to keep that from happening is to work with tech companies first.
“We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out,” Assange said.
Major tech companies, such as Google and Apple, have noted that patches for many of the vulnerabilities outed in the documents are in place now with most other firms expressing that they are still in the process of sorting through the documents.