Wednesday, March 8, 2017
With WikiLeaks Claims of C.I.A. Hacking, How Vulnerable Is Your Smartphone?; New York Times, March 7, 2017
Steve Lohr and Katie Benner, New York Times;
"If the documents are accurate, did the C.I.A. violate commitments made by President Barack Obama?
In 2010, the Obama administration promised to disclose newly discovered vulnerabilities to companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft. But the WikiLeaks documents indicate that the agency found security flaws, kept them secret and then used them for surveillance and intelligence gathering.
Why is it so hard to keep these cyberweapons under wraps?
Unlike nuclear weapons, which can be guarded and protected, cyberweapons are “just computer programs which can be pirated like any other,” WikiLeaks notes. “Since they are entirely comprised of information they can be copied quickly with no marginal cost.”
There is a growing black market dedicated to trading these weapons, and government agencies from around the world will pay well for their discovery."