Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wikileaks claims the CIA hacked into Samsung smart TVs and used them as secret microphones

Business Insider by Rob Price --

Wikileaks has published a trove of documents that it alleges detail the inner workings of the CIA's hacking programs — and among them is the claim that the US spy agency is able to hack into Samsung smart TVs and use them as covert microphones.

The alleged program, called "Weeping Angel," is said to have been developed in partnership with MI5, the British spy agency, and records using the device's microphone when it is seemingly switched off.
"After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a 'Fake-Off' mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on," the press release accompanying the release from Wikileaks said. "In 'Fake-Off' mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server."

A Samsung spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
If legitimate, the trove of documents published on Tuesday would offer an unparalleled window into the inner workings of a US intelligence agency.

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