Founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said on Thursday that his organization would work with Apple, Google and other technology companies to fix flaws that have allowed the C.I.A. to hack into the phones, computers and other devices they produce.
From the New York Times:
Speaking from London in an online news conference, Mr. Assange accused the C.I.A. of withholding information about the vulnerabilities the agency was exploiting in American technology even after it realized that documents describing the flaws had been leaked weeks ago.
While some companies have already fixed the weaknesses revealed in a batch of secret C.I.A. documents made public by WikiLeaks on Tuesday, Mr. Assange said, others say they need more technical information on the hacking techniques.
“There’s a limited ability to try and produce security fixes for iPhones, for Samsung TVs, for Android phones produced by Google, for Microsoft, for Linux, because the exact technical details are not known,” Mr. Assange said. “We have decided to work with them to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have, so that fixes can be developed and pushed out so people can be secured.”
On Tuesday, WikiLeaks published a treasure trove of CIA documents describing agency techniques and programs for hacking into phones, computers and other Internet-connected appliances.
“We have decided to work with [manufacturers] to give them exclusive access to the additional technological details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” Assange said on Thursday. “Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details.”
According to Assange, the material came from an “isolated” top secret security network located inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Virginia.