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  1. Analis

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    We had some suspicions...
    https://www.rt.com/viral/379769-snowden-responds-wikileaks-dump/

    Snowden on WikiLeaks Year Zero & #Vault7: Evidence US govt pays to keep 'software unsafe'
    Published time: 7 Mar, 2017 18:11Edited time: 9 Mar, 2017 18:51

    Edward Snowden has tweeted his response to WikiLeaks’ massive dump of confidential documents surrounding CIA hacking tools, describing it as “genuinely a big deal.”

    Snowden, who has lived in exile since he blew the lid off the scale of National Security Agency surveillance in 2013, has been pouring through the cache of more than 8,000 documents, saying that they “show iOS/Android are what got hacked – a much bigger problem.”

    The former NSA employee is also convinced that the revelations exposed in this latest massive WikiLeaks dump are genuine, tweeting that only a cleared insider could know the names of programs and offices used by the agency.

    The whistleblower also claims that this is the first public evidence that the United States government is secretly paying to keep US software unsecured.
     
  2. Analis

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    New revelations keep flowing :
    https://www.rt.com/viral/382025-wikileaks--cia-hacking-vault7/

    #Vault7: WikiLeaks releases ‘Dark Matter’ batch of CIA hacking tactics for Apple products
    Published time: 23 Mar, 2017 13:41Edited time: 23 Mar, 2017 17:26

    WikiLeaks has released the latest batch of documents in its Vault 7 series of documents related to the CIA’s espionage programs. The latest release, dubbed ‘Dark Matter,’ reveals the specific techniques used to target Apple products.

    The release discloses the alleged details of methods employed by the CIA to compromise devices manufactured by Apple including the iPhone and Macbook Air.

    In a statement from WikiLeaks, the whistleblower group said Thursday's ‘Dark Matter’ leak includes details of the ‘Sonic Screwdriver’ project, described by the CIA as a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting."

    Techniques named in the release detail methods that could allow devices to be compromised between the manufacturing line and the end user or by a CIA asset in close proximity to a target.

    The projects, developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB), attack Apple’s firmware meaning that any infections are persistent regardless of efforts to remove them, including if the operating system is reinstalled.

    WikiLeaks said this allows an attacker to boot its attack software from a USB stick on to a device even when a firmware password is enabled on the device, meaning the read-only memory of a device can be modified using ‘Sonic Screwdriver’.

    The infector is stored in the Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter, claim WikiLeaks.

    The latest leak consists of five documents, ‘Sonic Screwdriver’, ‘DerStarke v1.4’, DetStarke v1.4 RC1 - IVVRR CHecklist’, ‘Triton v1.3’ and DarkSeaSkies v1.0 - URDSee more’.

    Within the released tranche is a tool known as NightSkies, which allows the CIA to infiltrate factory fresh iPhones and track and control them remotely, granting “full remote command and control,” to the CIA.

    NightSkies allows the CIA to take files from iPhones, including details from the owner’s phonebook, text messages and call logs.

    The revelation that the CIA is physically infiltrating factory fresh phones suggests it has accessed an organization's supply chain, meaning they may be intercepting the phones as they are shipped to targets, with CIA agents or assets tampering with suspects’ phones before they have even been received.

    Also included in the documents are details about a number of other tools employed by the CIA to infiltrate Apple products, affording the CIA a variety of command and control capabilities.

    DarkSeaSkies is an implant that is found in the firmware of an Apple MacBook Air that runs in the background and allows the CIA command and control capabilities over a targeted device . A 2009 ‘user requirements’ document on DarkSeaSkies details how assets should install DarkSeaSkies.

    READ MORE: WikiLeaks publishes #Vault7: 'Entire hacking capacity of the CIA'

    The second data dump comes two weeks after Assange said WikiLeaks will give tech companies exclusive access to leaked information they obtained from the CIA in the first part of ‘Vault 7’, known as ‘Zero Days’.
     
  3. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Apple has already responded to these claims:

    It's also important to note that the so-called Sonic Screwdriver exploit requires a prepared physical device (e.g., a USB stick) be inserted / attached when the system is booted up. If the Thunderbolt / Ethernet adapter is the device used, the malware has to be installed into the adapter itself. The vulnerability is limited to booting up with an attached device that someone has 'poisoned' beforehand.
     
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    Response to response :
    https://www.rt.com/viral/382237-wikileaks-apple-fix-claim-darkmatter/
    More generally, Apple, like other internet giants, did not always come straightworfard relating to their relations with the intelligence services. After the first release of Vault 7 documents, they had stated that they had fixed the mentionned vulnerabilities earlier, maybe, but perhaps also a bit too convenient. Not really reassuring.
     
  5. Analis

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    More on CIA false flag cyberattacks, including sophisticated tricks used to have mails and attacks looking as if they had been made by somebody from a foreign country and whose English is not native language :
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-...-disguises-their-hacks-russian-chinese-arabic

    WikiLeaks Reveals "Marble": Proof CIA Disguises Their Hacks As Russian, Chinese, Arabic...

    by Tyler Durden
    Mar 31, 2017 5:12 PM

    WikiLeaks’ latest Vault 7 release contains a batch of documents, named ‘Marble’, which detail CIA hacking tactics and how they can misdirect forensic investigators from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to their agency by inserted code fragments in foreign languages. The tool was in use as recently as 2016. Per the WikiLeaks release:

    "The source code shows that Marble has test examples not just in English but also in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi. 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, but then showing attempts to conceal the use of Chinese, drawing forensic investigators even more strongly to the wrong conclusion, --- but there are other possibilities, such as hiding fake error messages."

    Today, March 31st 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Marble" -- 676 source
    code files for the CIA's secret anti-forensic Marble Framework. Marble is
    used to hamper forensic investigators and anti-virus companies from
    attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the CIA.

    Marble does this by hiding ("obfuscating") text fragments used in CIA
    malware from visual inspection. This is the digital equivallent of a specalized
    CIA tool to place covers over the english language text on U.S. produced
    weapons systems before giving them to insurgents secretly backed by the CIA.

    Marble forms part of the CIA's anti-forensics approach and the CIA's Core
    Library of malware code. It is "[D]esigned to allow for flexible and easy-to-use
    obfuscation" as "string obfuscation algorithms (especially those that are unique)
    are often used to link malware to a specific developer or development shop."


    WikiLeaks‏Compte certifié @wikileaks 31 mars
    RELEASE: CIA Vault 7 Part 3 "Marble" -- thousands of CIA viruses and hacking attacks could now be attributed

    https://wikileaks.org/vault7/?marble#Marble Framework

    The latest release is said to potentially allow for 'thousands' of cyber attacks to be attributed to the CIA which were originally blamed on foreign governments.

    WikiLeaks said Marble hides fragments of texts that would allow for the author of the malware to be identified. WikiLeaks stated the technique is the digital equivalent of a specialized CIA tool which disguises English language text on US produced weapons systems before they are provided to insurgents.

    It’s “designed to allow for flexible and easy-to-use obfuscation" as "string obfuscation algorithms” often link malware to a specific developer, according to the whistleblowing site.

    The source code released reveals Marble contains test examples in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi.

    “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, but then showing attempts to conceal the use of Chinese, drawing forensic investigators even more strongly to the wrong conclusion,” WikiLeaks explains, “But there are other possibilities, such as hiding fake error messages.”

    The code also contains a ‘deobfuscator’ which allows the CIA text obfuscation to be reversed. “Combined with the revealed obfuscation techniques, a pattern or signature emerges which can assist forensic investigators attribute previous hacking attacks and viruses to the CIA.”

    Previous Vault7 releases have referred to the CIA’s ability to mask its hacking fingerprints.

    WikiLeaks claims the latest release will allow for thousands of viruses and hacking attacks to be attributed to the CIA.

    And the rabbit hole just got even deeper.

    * * *
    Full release from WikiLeaks:

    Today, March 31st 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Marble" -- 676 source code files for the CIA's secret anti-forensic Marble Framework. Marble is used to hamper forensic investigators and anti-virus companies from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the CIA.

    Marble does this by hiding ("obfuscating") text fragments used in CIA malware from visual inspection. This is the digital equivallent of a specalized CIA tool to place covers over the english language text on U.S. produced weapons systems before giving them to insurgents secretly backed by the CIA.

    Marble forms part of the CIA's anti-forensics approach and the CIA's Core Library of malware code. It is "[D]esigned to allow for flexible and easy-to-use obfuscation" as "string obfuscation algorithms (especially those that are unique) are often used to link malware to a specific developer or development shop."

    The Marble source code also includes a deobfuscator to reverse CIA text obfuscation. Combined with the revealed obfuscation techniques, a pattern or signature emerges which can assist forensic investigators attribute previous hacking attacks and viruses to the CIA. Marble was in use at the CIA during 2016. It reached 1.0 in 2015.

    The source code shows that Marble has test examples not just in English but also in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi. 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, but then showing attempts to conceal the use of Chinese, drawing forensic investigators even more strongly to the wrong conclusion, --- but there are other possibilities, such as hiding fake error messages.

    The Marble Framework is used for obfuscation only and does not contain any vulnerabilties or exploits by itself.
     
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    George_millett Devoted Cultist

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    Looks like Assange may now have a concrete reason to worry about the Americans



    More at the link.
     
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    Swifty Beloved of Ra

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    Photoshop spoof .. Assange the curtain twitcher .. (I think that's bird poop on the window and not eyebrow piercings btw)

    assangeneighbourhoodwatchSm.jpg
     
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    A nice article by Bruce Schneier. He doesn't know either ...
    https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/05/who_is_publishi.html

    What happens when intelligence agencies go to war with each other and don't tell the rest of us? I think there's something going on between the US and Russia that the public is just seeing pieces of. We have no idea why, or where it will go next, and can only speculate.
     
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    SHOCKER: Wikileaks Posts Macron Email Leak Docs, Confirmed By Macron Campaign




    ELH

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    Comey: Wikileaks Is Criminal Because They Don't Call Us Before Publishing (Watch)

    The email dump is purported to be from French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. According to Wikileaks, the dump was found online and contains many gigabytes of data that is supposed to be Macron's email account. Wikileaks has posted links to download the material.


    Given that the French election is this Sunday, it is interesting that the material would be posted now. Wikileaks argues that "It is not economically feasible to fabricate the whole. We are now checking parts," thereby suggesting that the leak is real.

    We are trying to get access to the material and will look through it as quickly as possible.

    In discussing the dump, Wikileaks wrote this:

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    ✔@wikileaks

    Who benefits? Timing of alleged dump is too late to hit vote but will surely be used to boost hostility to Russia & intelligence spending.

    9:43 PM - 5 May 2017
    Who benefits? Timing of alleged dump is too late to hit vote but will surely be used to boost hostility to Russia & intelligence spending.

    The statement is very odd, given that this would be a perfect time to release material affecting Macron. The French have a media blackout before the election that will keep ads from running, and essentially keep Macron from rebutting the information posted in the leaks.

    While there is a media blackout, this leaked material will spread uncontrolled via Facebook -- and there will be no option for a counter-narrative. This is in fact the perfect time to release the material -- for whoever did the hacking.

    More at http://emptylighthouse.com/explosive-wikileaks-shocks-world-potential-macron-email-leak-926481232
     
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    Nice - also technical - analysis:
    http://blog.erratasec.com/2017/05/some-notes-on-macronleak.html#.WQ4mio9uJpg

    What's the hacker's evil plan?
    Everyone is proposing theories about the hacker's plan, but the most likely answer is they don't have one. Hacking is opportunistic. They likely targeted everyone in the campaign, and these were the only victims they could hack. It's probably not the outcome they were hoping for.

    But since they've gone through all the work, it'd be a shame to waste it. Thus, they are likely releasing the dump not because they believe it will do any good, but because it'll do them no harm. It's a shame to waste all the work they put into it.
     
  13. Mythopoeika

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    It's the timing that is the thing. More important than the content of the emails, I'd reckon.
     
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    Ulalume tart of darkness

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    I've been looking at the Macronleaks hashtag over on twitter, and my head is spinning. The number of bots is incredible. It's like the days before the US election all over again. So many of the same talking points, and suddenly so many American Trump supporters so invested taking down Macron, when I doubt such people in real life have much interest in French politics at all.

    It's obvious that many of these accounts are bots - looking at them it's clear they are tweeting out information faster than any human could.
     
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    I can only assume that Assange has a keen sense of irony.

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    Swedish prosecutors have decided to end the rape investigation into Julian Assange and lift the Europe-wide arrest warrant against him in the seven-year-old case.

    In a statement on its website, the Swedish prosecution authority said that the "Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange".


    https://www.thelocal.se/20170519/br...against-julian-assange-and-ends-investigation
     
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    Swifty Beloved of Ra

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    Without having all the info in front of me, weren't those rape allegations against him dubious at best ? .. the suggestion being that by getting Assange to Sweden, he could then legally be sent to America after legally being arrested in England .. I doubt he'll be skipping out of the front door today though until further guarantees are made and if and when he does finally leave the building ? .... he'll have about as much freedom as Salman Rushdie ..

     
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    According to the followup, the police still want a word with him about "failing to surrender to the court". So no, the embassy's cleaner doesn't get the broom cupboard back just yet.
     
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    His audacity will have certainly made him a few enemies .. a bit like Nelson Mandela and we know how that story ended ..
     
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    Well they certainly dealt with that case in a timely and efficient manner.
     
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    They were still being investigated as part of the usual Swedish process with involves an interview before charges are laid against the suspect. Assange hiding in the Equadorian embassey short circuited all of that.

    As for him needing to be sent to Sweeden before he could be legally sent to the USA. Why would they need to do that? Under the terms of the current extradition treaty we have with the US if they wanted him it would have been redicolously easy for the Americans to have got him soon after they start the process as seen with those Nat West bankers. Something the US still hasn't done with Assange despite the changes in Administration.
     
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    Swifty Beloved of Ra

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    I feel it wasn't easy for the American government to get Assange at that point otherwise they would have done so.
     
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    Yithian Last Man Standing Staff Member

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    Hillary repeatedly asked whether they could assassinate him.
    Under those circumstances, I don't blame Assange for holing up wherever he thought safest rather than gambling on the Swedes not caving in to pressure.
     
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    Why d'you think he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy where he's been for the last 5 years? It was one of the few countries which agreed to accept him. He ran the near certainty of arrest if he set foot outside it. There's no doubt the US authorities would like to get their hands on him & he probably took pre-emptive action in the expectation that extradition proceedings, firstly to Sweden, could happen.

    Re the rape allegation, I made the point several pages ago that since neither of the women involved have pressed charges & are presumably not going to give evidence, there would appear to be no case whatsoever against him. I've never heard an answer to this.

    The whole thing has been a monumental waste of time, manpower, & money.
     
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    Yet ironically enough that threat only existed because he ran to the Embassy to avoid having to answer for his actions in a Sweedish court.

    And the Americans need to go through some overly elaborate scheme to get him involving gettin a third country to fabricate rape allegations for what particular reason? Especially considering it would have been easier to get him legally from the UK than it would be from Sweeden. And if you are meaning a snatch and grab again why go through the additional steps of finding some way of shipping to Sweeden where they might decide to lock him up and not give him to the Americans?

    And charges are only brought at the express wishes of the victims and can only proceed if they give their consent?

    Yes and all of it caused by Assange believing that he is above the law.

    There is only one person to blame for this fiasco and he is still hiding in the Equadorian Embassy.
     
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    hunck Justified & Ancient

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    No, it's not a victims consent issue, but a criminal case has to built with corroborating evidence, witnesses statements. Rape is a serious crime and can be hard to prove. As I understand it, the women involved haven't pressed charges & won't be witnesses. The police effectively don't have a case.

    If someone assaults me in the street when there's no other people around, I go to the police, tell them I know who did it, name him but then for my own reasons don't press charges or make an official statement in writing etc , what are they going to do about it? They know a crime's been committed, they've got the name but without me or some other witness there's no evidence.

    Do you think the police can proceed with a case against someone with suspicion but no evidence?
     
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    Peripart Antediluvian

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    So you think that Assange will become leader of his country, and live to a ripe old age, loved and admired by people the world over?

    Or that Harry Enfield will take the piss out of him on a sketch show?
     
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    Hopefully both ;)
     
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    Case as in sending to court no. Case as in an investigation trying to get the neccessary evidence to then send it onto the prosecutors for them to make a decision. Yes as that is thier job.

    The Police were still at the investigation phase when they felt that they had enough to warrent calling Assange in. At which point he decided to run the Embassy when we agreed to send him to Sweeden. And now he has hidden away long enough that one of the cases has had to be dismissed because the statute of limitations has expired, not because he was not found guilty.
     
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    That's all very well but how are the police going to get the necessary evidence without the victims giving them any? They're not going to get far in their investigations..

    It's resulted in the paradoxical situation that he's claimed asylum against being extradited for a non-existent case, & thousands of hours of UK police time has been taken up, costing millions. It's been handled pretty ineptly to say the least. Of course that's putting aside all the other wikileaks stuff which is undoubtedly the real reason for all the shenanigans.
     

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