Looks like the muddy waters surrounding the Russian hacking on the U.S. just got a lot murkier.
According to the 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).
Wikileaks.org explains that Marble software “is used to hamper forensic investigators and anti-virus companies from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the CIA” by “hiding … text fragments used in CIA malware from visual inspection.”
The Marble source code … includes a deobfuscator to reverse CIA text obfuscation. Combined with the revealed obfuscation techniques, a pattern … emerges which can assist forensic investigators attribute previous hacking attacks and viruses to the CIA. …
The source code shows … 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 … to the wrong conclusion.
A previous Wikileaks disclosure showed that the CIA hacking program was enormous both in size – “Its hackers had utilized more code than that used to run Facebook” – and ability, such as in its capability to turn household electronics like iPhones and Samsung TVs into “microphones.”
However, the revelation that the CIA can not only hack but blame others for the hacking is sure to raise concerns, even paranoias, especially as Congress is investigating supposed Russian hacking in the 2016 presidential election, as well as charging two Russian spies with hacking .
On the other hand, the leaking of CIA tactics and methods is also troubling, given that those who wish us ill may now know some of our methods.