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Tech Companies Comment on WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Impact

Tuesday, WikiLeaks published “Vault 7”, a collection of about 10,000 CIA documents created between 2014 and 2016. These documents contain the CIA’s collection on specific software vulnerabilities.

Tech companies such as, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung were specifically mentioned in the documents, in regard to, security holes the CIA uses to hack into their specific smart devices. For example, The CIA can use Samsung’s Smart TV to listen to people even when the TV appears to be off. All three of these companies have addressed the security flaws mentioned and state that they are “looking into” them.

Apple commented late Tuesday, “While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities.” They went on to say, “We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.”

The Vault 7 leak has brought to light new criticism of the CIA and other intelligence agencies’ practice of discovering security flaws in popular hardware and software, and failing to disclose the flaws to the manufacturers. Cybersecurity expert, Vinny Troia commented, “The CIA hiding the security holes in these devices from the manufacturers is frowned upon, however, what I really find to be irresponsible is what Wikileaks did. In one breath, they are saying ‘look at all of this technology that the CIA has to spy and harm everyone’, and on the other hand they are saying ‘here it is. Enjoy!’ Just proves the importance of detecting security weaknesses within your own network before they can be used by cyber criminals.”

Both the CIA and Trump administration have denied any comment on the authenticity of these files.

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Apple fighting against the FBI

A big issue right now is the battle between the FBI and Apple over an iPhone salvaged from the investigation of the San Bernardino massacre in December. Apple was asked by the FBI to help hack into the phone and Apple had declined. Following that, the FBI sent Apple a court order to create a forensics tool and Apple is trying to fight this.

Apple’s recognized for their guaranteed user privacy, so the Feds have blamed Apple for putting their brand image above a terrorism investigation. The reason why Apple does not want to create this tool is because it will be extremely dangerous since it would end up becoming public. When it becomes public, that means it’ll be usable by any law enforcement, foreign governments and criminal organizations.

There are two feasible sides to this issue but to protect all devices in the future, I’m siding with Apple.

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