Documents published on Wikileaks, alleged to have come from the CIA have been described by former director Michael Hayden as “incredibly damaging”.
The former boss of America’s spy agency told the BBC “If what I have read is true, then this seems to be an incredibly damaging leak in terms of the tactics, techniques, procedures and tools that were used by the Central Intelligence Agency to conduct legitimate foreign intelligence,
“It’s made my country and my country’s friends less safe.”
The alleged leak has alluded to the ways in which the CIA have apparently been able to access peoples smart phones and smart TVs.
Some of the tech companies referred to in the documents have released statements assuring their customers that they are safe. Apple have said:
“The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way,” it said.
“Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80% of users running the latest version of our operating system.”
Samsung are amongst the companies affected, in particular it is alleged that a hack co-developed with the UK’s MI5 agency was able to utilise the microphones equipped on their F-8000 series of televisions. They said,”
We are aware of the report in question and are urgently looking into the matter.”