Like plot twists in a Jason Bourne movie or a John le Carré novel, revelations about the U.S. intelligence community are turning perceptions about the “good guys” and the “bad guys” upside down, blurring the line between the two and making it hard to know just how safe we are from either.

Mind-boggling advances in computer coding capabilities raise troubling questions about ethics in the world of international cyber espionage.

Wikileaks has released another tranche of documents – the largest to date – that suggest the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has the ability not only to mask hacks it perpetrates against foreign entities but actually disguise them as originating from other countries.

The nearly 700 source code files include those made to appear to have come from Russian, Chinese, Iranian or North Korean sources.

Cyber experts who have had the opportunity to review the files say early indications are that the CIA does, in fact, have such coding capability as part of its “Marble” software that forensically disguises hacks, as well as viruses and Trojans, and contains Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi language within.

The document files are part of Wikileaks “Vault 7” release, which founder Julian Assange said is, “the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public” far surpassing the number published by Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks.

A statement from Wikileaks said, “This would permit a forensic attribution ‘double game,’ for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese.”


This is the second Vault 7 release this month, with the previous publication of thousands of documents revealing the CIA’s ability to hack into smartphones and televisions and take control of self-driving vehicles.

The implications for international relations are far-reaching, as not only would such capability allow the CIA to “pin” hacks on other countries to hide involvement but to create dissension between them.

In other words, a CIA cyber attack on China could be disguised as originating from Russia, thus fomenting unrest that is not traceable to the U.S.

Source: Daily Mail

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