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Re: Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

On 2017-03-08 20:13, Ron Hunter wrote:
On 3/8/2017 8:21 AM, WaltS48 wrote:
On 03/08/2017 07:36 AM, David B. wrote:
Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks
on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by
WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential
documents on the agency.

After reading four different media reports on what Wikileaks put out there, I've come to the conclusion that none of the reporters understand what the leak actually is. Eg, the headline in the Toronto Star warns readers that the CIA can use smart TVs to spy on them. Sure, and so can anybody else who knows how to hack into the Internet Of Things. Heck, they can use your fridge to get personal data about you. Or your security camera. Or whatever.

What I have inferred them from the reports:
a) The CIA found a number of holes in various platforms, and did not tell their authors/owners about those holes.
b) Most (probably all) of those holes have since been plugged.
c) Many other black hats found those holes, too.
d) If there is a security hole, someone will exploit it.
e) The amount of data is so massive that without some clear notion of what to look for, you won't find anything worth the effort of searching for it.
f) Etc.

Conclusion: There ain't much you can do about it. A good deal of personal and metadata about you is available to anyone who thinks it's worth their while to get it. But that's always been true, only the mass and scope of available data has changed. So have the tools for sifting through the data. However, now, as in the past, most people aren't worth the effort of surveilling. Big Brother may be watching you, but his attention has been and always will be limited. Orwell was wrong. In the long run, the totalitarian state collapses because it can't sustain the effort of maintaining itself. More powerful technology merely increases the cost. Tthe collapse is always a bloody mess, with lots of collateral damage.

Have a good day,

Wolf K.
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