WikiLeaks released today thousands of documents that founder Julian Assange alleges accounts for the “entire hacking capacity” of the CIA. The transparency organization alleged that the CIA has examined the possibility of interfering with computer components onboard vehicles in order to potentially enable it to assassinate people without detection. Wikileaks alleges that the CIA looked into the tactic in October 2014.
WikiLeaks offered no further details. The transparency organization made the above claim with its release of its its release announcing ‘Vault 7:’ a treasure trove of documents from the CIA. “As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks,” reads a passage in the WikiLeaks release. “The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”
The hacking of vehicle computer components has been a matter of public knowledge for several years.
The CIA has also been accused of using malware and hacking tools to turn televisions into microphones, while also remotely controlling smartphones. CIA hackers can bypass encryption for several popular messaging apps, including WhatsApp.
WikiLeaks has hailed Vault 7 as “the largest intelligence publication in history” and claims that the initial batch of 8,761 files is just the first in a series of releases.