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WIKILEAKS: CIA Bugging Apple Computers and Phones Fresh From Factory

 

A new American awakening is occurring right in front of our eyes in recent months, with Julian Assange and Wikileaks leading the way.

Beginning in earnest during the presidential election of 2016, Wikileaks began disseminating leaked information at an alarming rate.  During that time frame, a great deal of the information that was being revealed centered around the ever-corrupt Hillary Clinton and her litany of incorrigible actions during her time as Secretary of State.

Now that the election is over, and the world is being swept up in unprecedented political turmoil, Wikileaks has continued to release information that fundamentally changes what Americans believe that their government is capable of.  The latest revelations from Assange and company are absolutely outrageous and infuriating.

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“Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 ‘Dark Matter’, which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‘persistence’ on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

“Among others, these documents reveal the ‘Sonic Screwdriver’ project which, as explained by the CIA, is a ‘mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting’ allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick ‘even when a firmware password is enabled’. The CIA’s ‘Sonic Screwdriver’ infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

“‘DarkSeaSkies’ is ‘an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer’ and consists of ‘DarkMatter’, ‘SeaPea’ and ‘NightSkies’, respectively EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants.”

While government spying has become a bit of a blasé subject, due to its rampant acceptance as a matter of fact, these new disclosures by Wikileaks finally point a finger directly at the CIA, who are in the midst of their own massive scandal this week involving President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama.

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