I thought I’d write up some notes about the Wikileaks CIA
“#vault7” leak. This post will be updated frequently over the next
The CIA didn’t remotely hack a TV. The docs are clear that they
can update the software running on the TV using a USB drive.
There’s no evidence of them doing so remotely over the Internet.
If you aren’t afraid of the CIA breaking in an installing a
listening device, then you should’t be afraid of the CIA
installing listening software.
The CIA didn’t defeat Signal/WhatsApp encryption. The CIA has
some exploits for Android/iPhone. If they can get on your phone,
then of course they can record audio and screenshots. Technically,
this bypasses/defeats encryption — but such phrases used by
Wikileaks are highly misleading, since nothing related to
Signal/WhatsApp is happening. What’s happening is the CIA is
bypassing/defeating the phone. Sometimes. If they’ve got an
exploit for it, or can trick you into installing their software.