WikiLeaks has just released information on how invasive the CIA’s ability to spy on the American people is, and it’s terrifying. So far, the documents they exposed appear to be legitimate.
According to CBS News, this is the largest publication of the CIA’s confidential documents ever. They detail the hacking tools the agency uses to get past security features and encryption on smartphones, computers, tablets, smart TVs, and even technologically advanced cars.
Users of Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and Linux-based products are especially at risk.
Experts looking at the leaked documents now say they look far too complex and extensive to simply be faked.
What they reveal is the CIA talking about ways to easily hack into American’s devices and even remotely activate the microphones on smartphones, computers, and smart TVs to turn them into listening devices to spy on you.
And turning off your portable, Internet-connected devices may not be enough to stop them. As has been reported in the past, the CIA has the ability to turn on devices that you have powered off.
The documents reveal that the CIA can use your Internet browsers — like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer — to steal your usernames and passwords.
Plus the CIA was found to be discussing ways to bypass popular anti-virus programs and encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal.
CBS News says that if these documents are verified, it could be a catastrophic blow to the CIA. The White House has not made an official comment on these leaks yet.
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