- Oct 6, 2011
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By now you may have heard that the latest Wikileaks leak dubbed "Vault 7" has exposed some of the CIA's spying tactics. This leak suggest that the CIA is fully capable of hacking any Android or iOS device. They are apparently able to listen in on conversations around the world by utilizing the microphone of basically any smartphone, or Samsung TV device. It has been pointed out that while the NSA has been forced to tone down their efforts after the initial Snowden leaks on their agency the CIA plays by a different set of rules and isn't bound by the same laws as the NSA.
The document specifically states that Samsung Smart TVs can be infected by the malware which can activate and record data from the microphone. Infected smartphones can also have their audio, text, and geo-location routed to the CIA. The CIA can also activate a smartphone's camera according to the document. The CIA had access to 24 "zero days" allowing them to bypass security measures in apps like WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Weibo, and Confide. Should the CIA have this much access to your life in the name of National Security?