Yesterday we mentioned about it Wikileaks Vault 7 the latest leaks that reveal the CIA's hacking capabilities. One of the many remarkable things the service can do is to overcome encryption using popular messaging applications such as WhatsApp and Signal.
So everyone who uses the applications WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Weibo, Confide ή Cloackman and believe their messages are encrypted will rather be disappointed as the leak indicates that the encryption layers they use can be circumvented by the techniques developed by the CIA.
According to files released by Wikileaks, the CIA has dedicated malware-only teams that intend to take control of not only iPhone and Android but also many others.
These teams use zero-day vulnerabilities found in operating systems, and they are constantly developing malware that can be used to bypass any encryption layers, messaging applications, and more.
WikiLeaks reports that CIA and malware hacking tools have been developed by the Engineering Development Group (EDG), a software development team at the Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), which is a division of the Directorate for Digital Innovation or Directorate for Digital Innovation (DDI) and is headquartered within the CIA.
EDG develops, tests and offers operational support for all backdoors, exploits, malware, trojans, viruses and any other malware created by the CIA and used in its secret business.
Another part of the CIA is Mobile Devices Branch, which has developed many remote attack methods targeting popular smartphones.
So CIA can have user geolocation, audio and text communications. The secret service can also secretly activate the phone's camera and microphone and generally use the device as a spy tool.
The CIA is reported to have created special sections working to find ways to bypass Android and iOS security. The iOS branch has created malicious software that can infect, control, and extract data from iPhones, iPads, and more. Similarly, the Android section has been able to turn Android into zero-day spy devices that have either been deployed within the CIA or borrowed from the British GCHQ, the NSA or bought by zero day marketing companies.