Vault 7 is the code name for WikiLeaks’ new series of leaks on the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
WikiLeaks claims that the Vault 7 series represents “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency”.
WikiLeaks released an massive leak of CiA files to the public, find out if you can download it
The first part of the series, dubbed “Year Zero”, compromises of 8,761 documents which have been made available to download and decrypt.
The information contained within Year Zero was reportedly leaked from the CIA’s Centre for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.
WikiLeaks said “Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized ‘zero day’ exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation.
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This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA
“This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA.
“The archive appears to have been circulated among former US government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”
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Year Zero aims to expose the scope of the CIA’s “global covert hacking program” and exploits against a products such Apple’s iPhones, Google’s Android, Widows’ phones and Samsung’s smart TVs.
The leaked documents claim to show the scope of the CiA's phone tapping
Can you access Vault 7?
Vault 7 can be accessed via a torrent file from WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks provided information on how to decrypt the file in a series of tweets. The encrypted Torrent is around 500 MB in size and can be unpacked using 7zip.
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The release of Year Zero came as Julian Assange’s Facebook and Periscope live stream press conference “came under attack”.
WikiLeaks claims to have taken time to review the information and avoided “distributing armed cyberweapons”.
The organisation warned cyberweapons cannot be held under effective control, stating a “loose" weapon can spread around the world in seconds.
WikiLeaks made Vault 7 accessible to the public through a decrypted file
What does Year Zero reveal?
Year Zero contains information on hacks used against iPhones and Android phones.
WikiLeaks says it exposes the CIA’s attempts to remotely tap into and control smart phones, allowing the intelligence agency to track their locations, as well as intercept audio and text communications.
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