The US consulate in Frankfurt
The whistle-blowing organisation founded by Julian Assange claims experts employed by the US Central Intelligence Service (CIA) were handed diplomatic passports and cover identities in order to enter Frankfurt, Germany, where its main hacking base was allegedly located.
CIA experts were also given advice for life in Germany before they entered the US consulate in Frankfurt, which was used as a covert hacking base, according to WikiLeaks.
The claims are part of WikiLeaks sensational release of Vault7 Year Zero, reportedly leaked from the CIA’s Centre for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.
CIA hackers were allegedly given advice on how to live in Germany
We will initiate an investigation if we see evidence of concrete criminal acts or specific perpetrators
German prosecutor's office
Germany’s prosecutor said they will examine the new series of leaks on the CIA, described as "the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency".
The document says CIA experts were ordered to “breeze through German Customs because you have your cover-for-action story down pat, and all they did was stamp your passport”.
It says the Frankfurt hackers, part of the Centre for Cyber Intelligence Europe, were told: “Do not leave anything electronic or sensitive unattended in your hotel room. (Paranoid, yes, but better safe than sorry).”
The trove of 8,761 documents released under Vault7 also revealed mundane travel trips including“Flying Lufthansa: Booze is free so enjoy (within reason!)” and details of local amenities: “Gas station are not recommended for fine dining”.
A spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office in Germany said: “We will initiate an investigation if we see evidence of concrete criminal acts or specific perpetrators. We’re looking at it very carefully."
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The latest claims come after WikiLeaks, under Julian Assange, published a bombshell statement on Tuesday saying it had proof of the CIA using consumer technology such as smart phones, PCs, and even TVs to hack into personal accounts or even spy on people.
The Wikileaks statement added: "'Year Zero' introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of "zero day" weaponised exploits against a wide range of US and European company products, including Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.
"The increasing sophistication of surveillance techniques has drawn comparisons with George Orwell's 1984, but 'Weeping Angel', developed by the CIA's Embedded Devices Branch (EDB), which infests smart TVs, transforming them into covert microphones, is surely its most emblematic realisation.
WikiLeaks released the bombshell report
"The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom's MI5/BTSS.After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a 'Fake-Off' mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on.
"In 'Fake-Off' mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the internet to a covert CIA server."
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