WikiLeaks To Defend Tech Firms From CIA Hacking Tools

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 10, 2017


WikiLeaks will help defend technology firms from Central Intelligence Agency’s hacking tools said founder Julian Assange. He said that his organization will share information with Technology companies about product vulnerabilities from “Vault 7’ CIA data- the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

Assange said in an online press conference that some tech firms have asked for further details on CIA cyberespionage toolkit which purportedly resulted in a massive disclosure on Thursday, when the press conference was streamed live from Ecudor’s embassy in London. Assange has been living in the embassy as a fugitive from justice since 2012.

“We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out,” Assange said. Once tech firms had patched their products, he said, he would release the full data of the hacking tools to the public, reports AP.

In response to Assange’s news conference, CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak said: “As we’ve said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity. Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries,” as per the report.

Assange also hinted that spies, former intelligence officials and contractors have been sharing the cyberespionage tools behind the CIA’s back, with the for-profit market in spy software. This is true, then it brings in real concerns for ordinary internet users, he said.