US Federal agencies have launched criminal investigation into ‘malware leaks’

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US officials say that FBI and CIA have launched a criminal investigation into the public release of documents said to detail CIA hacking tools.

They also told that FBI and CIA were very cooperative in inquiry after Wikileaks disclosed thousands of files.

According to the claims CIA had developed ways to listen in on smartphone and smart TV microphones.

But on Tuesday CIA and FBI have declined  to comment on the authenticity of the files leaked.

“The American public should be deeply troubled by any Wikileaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries, a CIA spokesman told to BBC.

He also added,”Such disclosures not only jeopardise US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm.”

the US officials – who spoke on the condition of anonymity – told US media on Wednesday,that the criminal investigation was looking into how the files came into Wikileaks’ possession.

The officials added that The inquiry would also try to establish whether the disclosure was a breach from inside or outside the CIA.

Yet, it is to be confirmed by CIA that the leaked documents are real or not?

ex-CIA director Michael Hayden told the BBC, “If what I have read is true, then this seems to be an incredibly damaging leak in terms of the tactics, techniques, procedures and tools that were used by the Central Intelligence Agency to conduct legitimate foreign intelligence.”

In other words, it’s made my country and my country’s friends less safe,” he added.

Here comes the response of Apple, and it said it had already addressed some of the vulnerabilities.

“The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way.”

Samsung – whose F8000 series of televisions was reportedly compromised – said that “protecting consumers’ privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority at Samsung”.

According to leaks CIA had created malware to target PCs running Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

“We are aware of the report and are looking into it,” a spokesman from Microsoft said.

 

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Aqsa Khan, Senior-Editor Baaghi TV, Pakistan is a Graduate of Political Sciences and takes keen interest in International Politics and changing Global Partnerships.

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