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Wikileaks dumps on CIA: Documents show agency can disguise its hacking

(NationalSentinel) Cyberwar: Wikileaks has struck again, this time releasing a trove of data showing that the CIA has developed software that allows it to hack into foreign systems and make it seem like it was done by someone else.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail:

WikiLeaks has published hundreds more files today which it claims show the CIA went to great lengths to disguise its own hacking attacks and point the finger at Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

The 676 files released today are part of WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 tranche of files and they claim to give an insight into the CIA’s Marble software, which can forensically disguise viruses, trojans and hacking attacks. 

WikiLeaks says the source code suggests Marble has test examples in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi (the Iranian language). 

It says: ‘This would permit a forensic attribution double game, for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese.’

This could lead forensic investigators into wrongly concluding that CIA hacks were carried out by the Kremlin, the Chinese government, Iran, North Korea or Arabic-speaking terror groups such as ISIS.

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Experts who have reviewed the material say it appears genuine – bad news for the CIA.

Then again, the CIA can’t be the only advanced intelligence service with this capability. Given the technological capabilities of China and Russia, especially, and given the desire for countries to disguise their online hacking activities, it only seems reasonable to assume that while the CIA has Marble, other countries have something similar.

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