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While the CIA still refuses to give an official comment on the recent WikiLeaks ‘Vault 7’ dump outside of stating that ‘We do not comment,’ the fact that feds are now beginning the process of investigating the leak gives further credence that documents in question may be the real deal.
As reported by Fox News, sources within the intelligence community are stating that only one day after WikiLeaks released over 8,000 pages of documents allegedly outlining the ‘entire hacking capacity of the CIA,’ the Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly shifting their focus to uncover ‘who gave the stunning surveillance information to the anti-secrecy website.’
While it is currently unknown at this point if the CIA has officially reported the leak to the Department of Justice, a veteran cyber contractor who reportedly worked CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence told Fox News under the condition of anonymity that “There is heavy s— coming down” as a result of the leak.
The contractor told Fox News that CCI has long maintained an internal database of information — accessible to anyone with proper credentials or security clearance — that seemed to be dumped in total to WikiLeaks. In its news release on the disclosure, WikiLeaks said CCI had more than 5,000 registered users, a number alternatively referred to as “absurd” and “a bit high” by security experts who spoke to Fox News.
More on this via ZeroHedge
A federal criminal investigation is being opened into WikiLeaks’ publication of documents detailing alleged CIA hacking operations, CNN reported as both the FBI and CIA are coordinating their hunt for the mysterious whistleblower inside the CIA, who has already been dubbed Snowden 2.0.
The criminal probe will look into how the documents came into WikiLeaks’ possession and whether they might have been leaked by an employee or contractor. The CIA is also trying to determine if there are other unpublished documents WikiLeaks may have.
The documents published so far are genuine, officials confirmed to CNN, which adds that one of the biggest concerns for the federal government is if WikiLeaks publishes critical computer code on how operations are conducted, as other hackers could take that code and cause havoc overseas. Of course, if the CIA had not left its code open and accessibly by outside interlopers, making hacking simple – as Edward Snowden explained – that would not be a concern.
For those unfamiliar with what the ‘Vault 7’ leak contains, it allegedly provides hard evidence of CIA developed malware created with the intention of weaponizing consumer products by turning items such as smart tv’s and cellphones in microphones without the knowledge of the user, as well as the agency’s engagement in ‘false flag’ cyberattacks which portray Russia as the assailant.
We will continue to update as new details on the developing story surface.