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Thursday 9 March 2017

WikiLeaks Exposes CIA Tools Of Spying On People Across The World Via Their Smartphones

Yesterday, a well known whistle blowing agency WikiLeaks revealed document that accuse the central intelligent agency (CIA) on spying on individual across the world via their smartphones and PCs. These document reveal that top tech companies, the like of Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google and WhatsApp were all affected.

According to the document, the tech companies could have prevented this breach in security by providing enough security on their platforms. However, they fail to do that, instead the tech companies unknowingly aided the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in their hacking by leaving a loopholes for the CIA to exploit.

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CIA Smartphone hacking tools
Hacking smartphone/image by RT

In this leak however, the CIA hacking tools that could convert any smartphones or TV into a converted microphones was exposed. From any phone that is infected, the hacker can find out the owner Geo-location, camera and microphone recording, and they can also gather Audio and text communication. While Smart TVs will record conversion and send directly to the hacker servers, even if the TV is switch off.

According to BBC, the companies involved has responded in a strict manner to the allegations. Apple been the first company who takes security seriously was the first to reply. Buzzfeed writer John Paczkowski posted a picture which contained a statement from Apple, Below is the statement:
“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhones represents the best data security available to customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates”.
Though USA Today has reveal that Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and WhatsApp has not made any statement pertaining the loopholes, but they promised to look into the matter. That's a relief i guess?

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