WikiLeaks reveals NSA hacking Pakistan Mobile System

WikiLeaks reveals NSA hacking Pakistan Mobile System

The National Security Agency (NSA) is an intelligence organization of the United States federal government responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.

WikiLeaks, an international non-profit organisation that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources, recently began its new series of leaks on the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Named with the code word of “Vault 7”, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

Under the umbrella of Vault 7 series, WikiLeaks revealed CIA hacking tools with the series named “Year Zero”.

Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking collection including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized “zero day” exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation. This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA.

The archive appears to have been circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.

“Year Zero” introduces the scope and direction of the CIA’s global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of “zero day” weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, including Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.

According to a recent tweet made by WikiLeaks, Hundreds of NSA cyber weapons variants publicly released including code showing hacking of Pakistan mobile system.

The tweet reveals uploaded files after decryption on Github by a researcher who uses the Twitter handle, ‘x0rz’,  and confirmed the archive includes evidence of NSA operators’ access inside the GSM network of Mobilink — one of the Pakistan’s most popular mobile services provider.

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