Tech Companies Respond to Alleged CIA Hacking Tools
March 08, 2017
Major technology firms say they are moving to fix any
vulnerabilities in their operating systems, a day after
WikiLeaks released documents pertaining to an alleged CIA
hacking arsenal capable of spying on people through microphones
in mobile phones and other electronic devices such as smart
In a statement issued Wednesday, Apple said it had already
addressed many of the issues identified in the WikiLeaks
documents, but said it would "continue work to rapidly to
address any identified vulnerabilities."
"We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make
sure they have the most recent security updates," Apple said.
Samsung made a similar comment, saying it was aware of the
report and "urgently looking into the matter."
"Protecting consumers' privacy and the security of our devices
is a top priority at Samsung," the South Korean electronics
to the WikiLeaks documents, the CIA identified weaknesses within
the software used by Apple, Google, Microsoft and other
U.S.-based manufacturers; but, instead of informing the
companies of the vulnerabilities, the CIA "hoarded" the
exploits, leaving people open to potential hacking.
"By hiding these security flaws from manufacturers like Apple
and Google the CIA ensures that it can hack everyone; at the
expense of leaving everyone hackable," WikiLeaks said in a
statement accompanying the release of the documents.
The CIA would neither confirm nor deny the legitimacy of the
documents, although WikiLeaks boasts a nearly perfect record on
the authenticity of the documents it publishes.
At a press conference
Wednesday afternoon, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer likened
the WikiLeaks release to recent information leaks from within
the White House, and said it should serve as "a cause for
concern" for all Americans.
“I think the idea that we are having these ongoing disclosures
of national security and classified information should be
something that everybody is outraged about in this country,” he
said. “This is the kind of disclosure that undermines our
country, our security and our well-being."