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originally posted by: MotherMayEye
a reply to: Perfectenemy
I don't know why any Mac user would have laughed, because there were indications of Apple cyber tools in the Vault 7 release, too.
originally posted by: GuidedKill
Bigger question is how has all this access and power wielded by our intelligence community helped keep us protected as Americans? We let our privacy and right to privacy walk right out the door and for what???
originally posted by: Necrose
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.
Vault 7, Wikileaks releases "Dark Matter"
http://(link tracking not allowed)/2o8CcdZ
(ATS won't allow me to post the link [don't know why?!], but it's official on Wikileaks' website, also reported by RT and other news agencies.)
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.
Documents on the "Triton" MacOSX malware, its infector "Dark Mallet" and its EFI-persistent version "DerStake" are also included in this release. While the DerStake1.4 manual released today dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents show that as of 2016 the CIA continues to rely on and update these systems and is working on the production of DerStarke2.0.
Also included in this release is the manual for the CIA's "NightSkies 1.2" a "beacon/loader/implant tool" for the Apple iPhone. Noteworthy is that NightSkies had reached 1.2 by 2008, and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.
While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization's supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise.
I think this one is huge...what do you guys think?
This doesn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that China has the largest amount of population in the world. Out of the 1.34 billion people in china, 900 million people are mobile device users. Additionally, several million Chinese own multiple mobile phones. About half of the mobile phone users utilize Apple devices.
Just like China, India acquires its position as one of the countries with the highest number of mobile device users due to its large population. There are about 1.2 billion people, 70% of which own mobile phones. Apple devices are largely utilized in India with millions of shipments made to the country each year.
If the United States of America had as much population as China and India, it would undoubtedly have taken the first position in this list. Out of the 310 million people who live in the United States, 96% of them own a mobile device. Apple products are also highly utilized, considering the fact that Apple is headquartered here.
Brazil is also one of the countries with the highest number of mobile device users. The Brazilian network is so extensive such that they easily pursue with advancement. Apple devices in particular are highly utilized in Brazil.
This country makes it to the top 5 countries with the highest number of mobile device users. It hosts close to 250 million people, of which own at least one mobile device. Apple is one of the companies whose products are highly adopted in Indonesia.
With a population of about 143 million people, Russia is the 6th country in the world with the highest number of mobile device users. At least 55% of all Russians own at least one mobile device, and almost 50% of all devices used are from Apple.
This country has a population that is close to 137 million people. 87% of the Japanese population owns a mobile device. This is another country where shipments of Apple devices account to millions.
Pakistan is actually the 3rd-fastest developing telecommunication country in the world. There are close to 106 million people residing in this country. About 65% of the population in Pakistan utilizes mobile devices.
About 25% of the residents of the United Kingdom admit to be highly addicted to Smartphones. This is one of the parts of the Globe that has the highest number of Apple device users, including Smartphones, tablets and computers.
Germany closes the list of the top 10 countries with the highest number of Apple device users. There are over 107 million and 27 million mobile phone and Smartphone users respectively. Just like the citizens of the above mentioned countries, Germans too utilize Apple products in large numbers.
originally posted by: intrptr
I'm trying to wrap my mind around how all this bug ware can be in your system and no tech nerds have isolated it yet?
If thats possible, and I am pretty sure that it is. The leak is 'solid', so wheres the code?