News Report No.
CIA, MI5 turned Samsung TVs into
spying devices, even when
switched off. (1)
The CIA and MI5 have the ability to
hack the Samsung F8000 smart TV series which can then be operated as a
listening device even when the televisions are switched off, the latest
WikiLeaks dump has revealed, raising privacy questions for homes across
Launched as a premium smart TV in 2013 the F8000 series has the ability
to be controlled by the viewer using voice and motion sensors and has
been distributed globally.
According to the documents published by WikiLeaks, audio could be
obtained even when the TV appeared to be off, using a ‘Fake-Off’
mechanism that took control of the LED light.
News Report No. 2
WikiLeaks reveals CIA trove alleging
WikiLeaks published thousands of
documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the
government employs to break into users' computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like
Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.
The documents describe clandestine methods for bypassing or defeating
encryption, antivirus tools and other protective security features
intended to keep the private information of citizens and corporations
safe from prying eyes. U.S. government employees, including President
Donald Trump, use many of the same products and internet services
purportedly compromised by the tools.
Report No. 3
How the CIA steals hacking
fingerprints to cover its tracks (1)
The CIA can hide its own fingerprints
from its hacking exploits and attribute blame to others, such as Russia
and China, according to WikiLeaks’ Year Zero confidential data release.
Every hacking technique leaves a “fingerprint” which, when collated,
can be used to connect different attacks and tie them to the same
The CIA’s Remote Development Branch (RDB)’s Umbrage sub-group collects
an archive of hacking exploits created by other actors, like Russia and
other hackers, and leaves this false trace for others to detect.
It may now be just a bit hard to accuse Mr. Trump of paranoia.