WikiLeaks warned on Tuesday that the U.S. intelligence service is more than capable of accessing smartphones and other such devices. The report specifically addressed the smartphones used by U.S. presidents, but never forgot the devices used by the vast majority of the world today.
The organization released what they called “thousands of documents” from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. This branch of the CIA is known as the elite hacking division, and the released documents reveal countless unpublished details about the organization’s alleged cyber weapon collection.
“As an example, specific CIA malware revealed in ‘Year Zero’ is able to penetrate, infest and control both the Android phone and iPhone software that runs or has run presidential Twitter accounts,” WikiLeaks said in a press release.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, approximately 86% of U.S. millennials own smartphones, and a large portion of the rest of the nation’s population does as well. It makes perfect sense that the most recent WikiLeaks report would be unsettling to many people.
In addition to the presidential smartphones being compromised, the WikiLeaks report detailed a list of other common devices that the agency targets. These included Windows and Mac computers, phones with iOS and Android systems, and even smart televisions.
The majority of the hacking tools described in the leak, however, date to approximately mid-2016. This means that if a smartphone user has all of their software up to date, they should be safe from this technology, in theory.
WikiLeaks made the decision not to include specific details of CIA projects, leaving them listed only by their code names. Project code names included “Moon,” “Earth/Eve,” and “Zero Days.”
The report has brought on a whole new onslaught of concerned customers and worries about potential hacking. Things like the vulnerability of smart televisions were considered private information until the leak happened. It’s still unknown whether or not presidential smartphones are actively being monitored.