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uwApoligist

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There were a lot of people talking about this on the internet.  This is Part1 of several parts.  It releases the code and description of many of the CIAs best tools for cyberwar.  

This seems to be coming from a Snowden like leaker at CIA.  My assumption on these leaks is that they are actually tools and techniques that are probably more reflective of the CIAs best stuff 5 years ago.  

The really great bleeding edge tools will be saved for use against Russia Cyber Intelligence and Chinese Cyber Intelligence.  After they are no longer effective there, they will be repurposed down the list to be used against next level actors like NKorea, Iran, Syria, Cuba.  After a few years of that they are released to broader CIA for use against a broad range of targets.  I think it is this broad set of tools that are coming out in Vault 7. 

https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/

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and so what is your point on this?  are WikiLeaks heroes for releasing our cyber tools?
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Here's more from Fox:

WikiLeaks on Tuesday released what it said is the full hacking capacity of the CIA in a stunning 8,000-plus page disclosure the anti-secrecy website contends is “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”

The 8,761 documents and files -- released as “Vault 7 Part 1” and titled “Year Zero” -- were obtained from an “isolated, high-security network” at the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Va., a press release from the website said. The trove had been “circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors,” one of whom “recently” gave the archive to WikiLeaks.

“We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents," a CIA spokesperson told Fox News.

The collection of purported intelligence tools includes information on CIA-developed malware -- bearing names such as “Assassin” and “Medusa” -- intended to target iPhones, Android phones, smart TVs and Microsoft, Mac and Linux operating systems, among others. An entire unit in the CIA is devoted to inventing programs to hack data from Apple products, according to WikiLeaks.

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So, do you guys still think Assange is a hero and should be pardoned by trump? 

will be interesting to see if trump has anything to say.
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Currently this release seems net neutral.  No great win, no great harm.  

The immediate foreseen impact is persons that do not have reasonable security measure in place are susceptible to these tools being used. 

Longer term impact could start to get people to wake up to the speed and power of state controlled cyber weaponry.  It is important that people understand this world better.  When weapons like this come online, they can create desperate systems of power.  That can lead to bad outcomes.   As long as it is the US and it is used in reasonable fashions all can go well.  

It also serves as warning that we must be to careful with these weapon systems.  Like some nuclear technologies, super bug technologies or chemical technologies, we must make sure not to allow these into the wild, and control them very well.  

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This isn't some great revelation to anyone that is vaguely aware of current technology. Other than giving names to certain eavesdropping and surveillance capabilities, who wasn't aware that the Federal Government was storing every bit of data that an individual entered into any electronic device? Who wasn't aware that any home security camera system, baby monitor, TV, cell phone, computer hard drive, or appliance could be exploited to monitor your every move? Even worse, lot's of tech savvy cyber crooks know how as well. Yes, I think it is a direct assault on the 4th amendment to monitor citizens, and store their data for future use against them when they get out of line and some alphabet agency feels the need to stomp on them. Yes, I think people should go to jail for violating their oath to defend the constitution. Put me on the list to bring the rope when the rest of the ignorant sheeple decide to rebel.
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mikec

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Ok, so WikiLeaks releasing US national secrets is just fine.  Got it.
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No, they didn't release anything that any other country's intelligence didn't already know. Well, maybe a few countries that have a collective IQ of 75 are ignorant of modern surveillance gathering techniques. In addition it probably would come as a surprise to my 85 year old Mother.
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