On March 9th at 9:45AM EST Julian Assange hosted a live Vault7 press conference streamed via Periscope.
The presser lasted well over an hour, and touched on various elements of the first Vault7 release earlier this week.
Wikileaks promises Part 1 of Vault7 is less than 1% of its total planned publication. Part 1 alone exposed massive consumer device spying capabilities at the CIA. Notably, the CIA can get around complex encryption services by accessing the root of devices which run that encryption. The targeted products include iPhones and iOS devices, Android devices, and Smart TVs from Samsung.
The CIA can also hack cars with navigational computers, presumably for assassination or spying.
This means no matter how secure your transmission is, raw data is accessible before encryption.
Encryption is akin to medieval ‘wax sealing’. A custom wax seal made for nobility guaranteed that the sender’s note was not opened by a messenger. The seal would be meaningless if someone could watch what the sender wrote before sealing with wax.
The CIA is essentially able to ‘look over your shoulder’ as you write something, even if you later send it using an encrypted signal, or ‘seal’. If you own a device that’s vulnerable, everything you do on that device becomes vulnerable.
Wikileaks announced it will work with some tech companies before future #Vault7 dumps to reduce vulnerability to any exposed exploits in use by CIA.
Julian Assange says WikiLeaks will help tech firms defend against CIA hacking https://t.co/AXLnM3yY7x
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 9, 2017
This is important because Julian Assange appeared to suggest his belief that the CIA has gone totally rogue. Compiling thousands of United States IP addresses for unknown intent.
Jerome Corsi, Infowars.com’s Head Of Washington News Bureau commented:
From what Assange said today, CIA rogue, VIOLATED CHARTER, targeted thousands of USA IP addresses – proof in CIA document trove
— Jerome Corsi (@jerome_corsi) March 9, 2017
Wikileaks seems likely to become 2017’s biggest story. If less than 1% contained such wild revelations, then the CIA should brace for an ugly year of public outcry.
A CIA official replied by vaguely criticizing Julian Assange’s record of perfect accuracy:
NEW: CIA spokesperson responds to WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange's comments after he holds press conference on Thursday pic.twitter.com/xwfWxinOOe
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 9, 2017
You can watch the full presser here:
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 9, 2017