In this post I'll offer an in-depth discussion and analysis on the relevance and irrelevance of CIA's cyber weapons program in the global context of the U.S Intelligence Community including the actual applicability of such type of weapons in today's modern security researchers and anti-virus vendors dominated world including to actually discuss in-depth the technical specifications behind the CIA's Vault 7 cyber weapons program including to actually make a vast and sound recommendation in terms of improving them including the associated risks involved in the program and the actual execution of such type of cyber weapons.
In today's modern cyber warfare age multiple international bodies both commercial government-sponsored and non-profit organizations strive to provide both legal and tactical advice and practical recommendations including "best practices" on the legal and operational applicability of today's modern cyber warfare arms race that often thankfully goes beyond the usual in-depth and throughout analysis of yet another currently circulating malicious and fraudulent spam and phishing including malware campaigns.
What was once a very specific skillful set of both technical and operational "know-how" courtesy of the NSA in terms of launching both offensive and defensive cyber warfare operations is today's modern alternative in the face of CIA's recently launched offensive cyber warfare weapons program which based on the publicly accessibly leaked material appears to go beyond the usual lawful surveillance type of tools including today's modern DIY (do-it-yourself) malware-releases and basically signals a trend and possibly an international including within the U.S Intelligence Community standard in terms of working on high-grade nation-empowered offensive cyber warfare weapons.
With the CIA slowly entering the cyber warfare arms race it should be considered as a privilege to actually having a working or in-the-works cyber weapon type of arsenal that could possibly motivate other U.S Intelligence Community agencies and actually raise the eye-brows of certain members of the U.S Intelligence Community in particular the NSA in the context of having another agency actively develop and work on cyber warfare weapons. What is the CIA up to in terms of offensive cyber warfare weapons and actual production of high-grade and nation-state sponsored malicious software?
Thanks to a publicly accessible leaked archive of classified and potentially Top Secret information on CIA's offensive cyber warfare weapons program we can clearly distinguish approximately 24 Top Secret offensive cyber warfare weapon programs and actual tools which I'll extensively profile in this post and offer practical and relevant advice on how organization's and companies can protect themselves from these type of threats.
- "Dark Matter" - iPhone and MAC hacking
- "Marble" - CIA's Marble Framework for malicious code obfuscation
- "Grasshopper" - CIA's Grasshopper framework for producing Windows-based malware
- "HIVE" - publicly accessible C&C (Command and Control) infrastructure development
- "Weeping Angel" - SmartTV hacking and eavesdropping project
- "Scribbles" - Web-beacons based leaked documents tracking tool project
- "Archimedes" - local area network (LAN) hacking tool project that would eventually phone back to the CIA's C&C infrastructure
- "AfterMidnight" - Windows-based malware
- "Assassin" - Yet another Windows-based malware
- "Athena" - Yet another Windows-based malware
- "Pandemic" - Yet another Windows-based malware
- "Cherry Blossom" - Compromised and backdoored Wireless device and router firmware
- "Brutal Kangaroo" - Covert communication channel using custom-embedded and shipped USB drives
- "Elsa" - Geo-location aware Wireless device and router exploitation project
- "OutlawCountry" - Linux based malware
- "BothanSpy" - Windows-based malware
- "Highrise" - Android-based mobile malware
- "Imperial" - Mac OS X trojan horse project
- "Dumbo" - Web cam hacking and compromise project
- "CouchPotato" - Video and Web cam hacking and compromise project
- "ExpressLane" - biometrics database compromise hacking project
- "Angelfire" - Windows-based malware
- "Protego" - Missile-control-based malicious software