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Look, they’re listening in on you

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And, here we are again, witnessing yet another high-profile leak:

On March 7, 2017, Wikileaks began publishing Vault 7 classified documents belonging to the CIA. The first portion of Year Zero contains 8,761 files including lists of various malicious programs, dozens of 0-day exploits and their payloads, and remote administration software accompanied by the corresponding documentation. The entire document series includes hundreds of millions of code lines.

There is an exploit for Samsung TV sets (those equipped with a microphone). Codenamed Weeping Angel, the exploit was designed in cooperation with British intelligence MI5/BTSS. The program adds the Fake-Off mode to a TV to make it appear to be switched off and simultaneously record room conversations and send them over the Internet to the CIA's server.

Interestingly, the exploit for smart TVs is designed by the Embedded Development Branch (EDB) division. This means that we are in for even more revelations involving malware for smart devices and systems that facilitate control over critical objects.

The news was hardly surprising for security experts—after Samsung warned users about the danger, it was only a matter of time before programs of this kind would emerge.

The company warned its customers that they shouldn't be discussing personal matters in front of their Samsung TVS.

The TV listens in on room conversations, waiting for commands and questions that people may address to it.

Samsung's statement also indicated that Smart TV users would always know whether or not the TV is listening to them because when voice commands are enabled, a microphone image is displayed on the screen.

In fact, the leak confirmed a long-known trend: the emergence of malware for a certain platform usually correlates with the growth of that platform’s popularity among users.

Some documents show that the CIA was also trying to develop programs that would infiltrate automobile navigational software.

Stay tuned for shocking new announcements!

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Dr.Web recommends

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