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Excerpt: “In a press release published Thursday, WikiLeaks revealed the CIA's hacking tool, ‘Dumbo,’ which allows agents to manipulate Microsoft Window's webcams, microphones, and other devices from thousands of miles away."

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WikiLeaks Reveals 'Dumbo': A CIA Tool to Hack PC Cameras and Microphones

By teleSUR

05 August 17


The whistleblower organization published everything in the Field Guide to the User’s Manual of the CIA's hacking system.

n a press release published Thursday, WikiLeaks revealed the CIA's hacking tool, ‘Dumbo,’ which allows agents to manipulate Microsoft Window's webcams, microphones, and other devices from thousands of miles away.

The Wikileaks report, part of its Vault 7 disclosures, stated that Dumbo was created to enable access to a target computer during CIA field operations quickly and almost inconspicuously.

“Dumbo can identify, control and manipulate monitoring and detection systems on a target computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system. It identifies installed devices like webcams and microphones, either locally or connected by wireless (Bluetooth, WiFi) or wired network,” WikiLeaks stated in a press release Thursday.

Controlled by a USB stick, field agents are able to gain access to a Windows system from an administration position, assuming the rights to mute microphones, disable all network adapters, and suspend camera recording while notifying the agent of active files to facilitate deleting or corrupting materials.

Additionally, Dumbo enables agents to either create fake evidence of their intrusion or destroy all real traces of the security break.

The whistleblower organization published everything in the Field Guide to the User’s Manual of the program’s hacking system, with reports dating back to 2015.

According to the files, the USB stick must be plugged in at all times during the operation in order for it to work and will only operate on 32bit Windows XP, Windows Vista and Window’s newer operating systems. It is not supported by 64bit Windows XP or any products released before XP.

However, according to the Wikileaks, Windows users are not the only potential victims of CIA probes. Other agency projects such as Imperial will breach almost any technology’s high security with trojans and untraceable stealth tactics, releasing sensitive information to unknown parties.

A report from HackRead detailed all seven of the Vault 7 documents released by Wikileaks.


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+8 # BobboMax 2017-08-05 22:44
Interesting...

Just this afternoon, in front of my laptop, I mentioned "infrared thermometer." 20 minutes later, in the sidebar of VOX, what do I see? An ad for an infrared thermometer- first one I remember seeing, ever.

What annoys me is that we're giving NSA billions to spy on us, while Google is turning a profit doing the same thing...
 
 
+6 # Brice 2017-08-06 02:56
Thanks for posting this.

The fact that there has never been any knowledgable tech person who can speak truth to the people about what is going on really with tech ... means that it is all left to private interests to get away with whatever they can get away with, and there is no chance they will get caught or brought to justice.

Instead of having an internet where all kinds of positive stuff can happen, like free interactive education, real honest polls, and online immediate elections, we have a tech industry of very smart but criminal, or more or less ethically devolved sinister people with the moral makeup of the Nazi SS.

This is what happens when you reward people for criminal behavior and punish them for being good citizens.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-08-06 20:44
So are we PRO Wikileaks this week, or AGAINST? Who decides?
 
 
0 # Brice 2017-11-20 05:00
Ha, hard to know. Since the intercepted messages between Trump and Wikileaks/Assan ge about conspiring to work against Clinton and the focus on causing problems in America and not bothering with whistleblowers in other countries, I do not like Wikileaks the way I used to.
 

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