WikiLeaks Exposes CIA's Mobile Hacking Secrets
Vault 7 purportedly includes 8,761 documents and files that detail intelligence information on CIA-developed software intended to crack any Android smartphone or Apple iPhone, including some that could take full control of the devices.
In fact, Wikileaks alleges that the CIA has a sophisticated unit in its Mobile Development Branch that develops zero-day exploits and malware to "infest, control and exfiltrate data from iPhones and other Apple products running iOS, such as iPads."
Some of the attacks are powerful enough to allow an attacker to remotely take over the "kernel," the heart of the operating system that controls the smartphone operation, or to gain "root" access on the devices, giving the attacker access to information like geolocation, communications, contacts, and more.
These types of attacks would most likely be useful for targeted hacking, rather than mass surveillance.
The leaked documents also detail some specific attacks the agency can perform on certain smartphones models and operating systems, including recent versions of iOS and Android.
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