Last week Wikileaks finally released its much-hyped “Vault 7” data detailing the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools. The first tranche, consisting of 8,761 documents and attachments from an “isolated, high-security network” in the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, reveals important information about the federal spy body’s intrusion techniques, alliances with other government bodies, and internal culture from 2013 to 2016.
These new details alone would be explosive, writes Andrea O’Sullivan, but the media’s relative lack of interest in these major revelations makes this story even more curious. The CIA’s hacking toolkit, while not surprising to those in the security community, should be downright paranoia-inducing for most Americans. According to the Vault 7 documents, the CIA can hack into most consumer devices, rendering even the strongest encryption techniques useless.