It’s a Christmas miracle of sorts. Julian Assange’s Twitter account disappeared from the site, returned, and now there’s a bouncing baby Corgi up top. The account appears to have gone offline around 7:00/8:00PM ET on Christmas Eve, a silent night for the Wikileaks founder. Attempts to access the page overnight were met with a “Sorry, that page doesn’t… Read More
Russia’s embassy in the United Kingdom is boosting a right-wing conspiracy theory.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised.
The social media staff at the embassy are well-known trolls, but this conspiracy theory has made it clear just how far the embassy will go.
Seth Rich, mentioned in the tweet above, was working for the Democratic National Committee in July when he was fatally shot while walking near his home in Washington, D.C. The reasons behind the murder are unknown, but Wikileaks founder Julian Assange implied that Rich was murdered for providing Wikileaks with leaked DNC emails. Read more…
Julian Assange’s future just got a little less certain.
On Thursday, CNN reported — citing “officials familiar with the matter” — that U.S. authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of the WikiLeaks founder.
The charges, and the full status of the case, are currently unclear, but the news doesn’t sound promising for Assange.
A Justice Department investigation into Assange and WikiLeaks dates back several years, to at least 2010, when the site published diplomatic cables and military documents obtained by Chelsea Manning. Read more…
At least one White House press conference did not go as planned last week. The post While You Were Offline: Sean Spicer, Everyone. Round of Applause for Sean Spicer appeared first on WIRED.
“This is not the film I thought I was making.”
Those are the first words filmmaker Laura Poitras speaks during the trailer for Risk, her upcoming documentary about WikiLeaks. And it looks like the film will indeed be full of twists and turns.
Poitras’s last documentary, the Oscar-winning Citizenfour, followed former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as he fled the United States after leaking a trove of intelligence documents to reporters. In this film, she follows an even more controversial leaker — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Read more…
Apple says that its preliminary assessments of the Wikileaks documents released today indicate that the vulnerabilities it details for iPhone and Mac were fixed years ago. The documents, which originated with the CIA, detailed a variety of methods for compromising — breaking into — Apple devices if an agent was able to gain physical access to the device. The leaks were a part of… Read More
Paranoid? Who’s being paranoid?
Following the Wikileaks March 7 Vault 7 data dump, which allegedly details a host of CIA hacking tools, people have started looking at their internet-connected devices with just a tad bit more skepticism. After all, if the government can rig a Samsung Smart TV as a listening bug, then why not other in-home devices as well?
Other devices like, for example, the Amazon Echo or the Google Home.
With that in mind, people have taken to asking their digital assistants about the CIA. The results, well, are a bit baffling.
With the latest dump of WikiLeaks data called “Dark Matter” we get to see how (allegedly) deep the CIA’s affection for British TV goes.
The documents, released Thursday, contain more details from the “Vault 7” leak.
One of the big hacks was supposedly named “Sonic Screwdriver,” which is a reference to the Doctor’s trusty tool on the long-running BBC series Doctor Who. The sonic screwdriver is basically a sci-fi version of a magic wand that can do everything from picking locks to hacking into computers.
The CIA’s Sonic Screwdriver is described in the WikiLeaks documents as a way to implant code through an adapter while a Mac is booting up. Then, other tools can be installed onto the computer even if it has a firmware password. Read more…
The new documents show how the CIA was ahead of the curve in attacking Apple computers.
WikiLeaks doesn’t ever make things easy. When it became clear that the organization possessed documents that detail exploits affecting a handful of major tech companies, it looked like Julian Assange would play nice. Now, a week has passed since Assange said he would disclose information about those vulnerabilities to the companies affected — standard practice for the discovery… Read More
It looks like WIkiLeaks’ promise to work with tech companies to fix their security vulnerabilities may come with a few strings attached after all.
In a move that’s surprising to exactly no one, WikiLeaks has reportedly told Apple, Microsoft and Google that it won’t share details related to the CIA’s hacking techniques until the companies agree to a “a series of conditions,” according to a new report in Motherboard.
What those conditions are is is unclearMotherboard reports one of its sources said one condition may be a 90-day disclosure deadline, which would require companies to patch vulnerabilities within a three-month timeframe. Read more…
So, HBO’s latest social media stunt didn’t go as well as planned. The post While You Were Offline: Game of Thrones Has Itself a Song of Ice and Backfire appeared first on WIRED.
Assange said he will give tech companies “exclusive access to some of the technical details we have”
The facts may or may not be legit, but either way, you should be upset with WikiLeaks for giving them to you.
That’s the message coming out of the CIA following yesterday’s massive “Vault 7” intelligence dump by the whistleblowing site. The agency, through a spokesperson, made it clear that having one’s cake and eating it too is a long-since mastered CIA skill.
“We have no comment on the authenticity of purported intelligence documents released by Wikileaks or on the status of any investigation into the source of the documents,” a CIA spokesperson told Mashable. ”However, there are several critical points we would like to make.” Read more…
If you own a smart device or connected TV and found yourself alarmed by Tuesday’s reports of CIA hacking, you need to start asking difficult questions about the companies you’ll spend money with in the future.
That’s the message from cybersecurity experts Mashable spoke to on a day of explosive allegations following the latest WikiLeaks dump.
Wikileaks dumped a trove of documents on Tuesday that allegedly show a range of techniques the CIA uses to hack or get around privacy protections such as encryption.
While the CIA hasn’t figured out how to crack encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, according to the documents, they have figured out how to compromise phones so the in-app encryption becomes irrelevant. The CIA has also apparently figured out how to spy on people through smart TVs, and they’ve explored how to hack vehicle control systems. Read more…
WikiLeaks made a big offer just five days ago. If President Barack Obama commuted Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange would allow himself to be sent back to the U.S. to face charges for disseminating classified information.
That offer is being put to the test. On Tuesday afternoon, news broke that Obama had used his power as president to release Manning, a former army intelligence analyst, from prison as of May 17, 2017.
WikiLeaks had made the offer in a tweet, which remains up.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is claiming again that a Russian-connected source didn’t leak hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee to his organization. That’s contrary to the U.S. intelligence community’s recent conclusions.
That assertion and Wikileaks’ increasingly partisan rhetoric has at least one Republican pundit, Sean Hannity, changing his tune toward the controversial figure.
“We can say, we have said repeatedly over the last two months, that our source is not the Russian government. And it is not a state party,” Assange says in a new interview with Fox News’ Hannity, the first part of which will air on Tuesday night. Read more…
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is still fighting to remain relevant from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London — by dressing his cat up.
The kitty has been living in the building since his children gave him the pet in May, but on Monday morning it appeared just casually chilling in a collar and tie.