Just a day after Wikileaks released what they claim to be the ‘entire hacking capacity of the CIA’, the hunt is on to find out who gave such classified surveillance information to the group.
A veteran contractor for the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence worked within the breached unit. Speaking with Fox News, he said that “CCI has long maintained an internal database of information — accessible to anyone with proper credentials or security clearance — that seemed to be dumped in total to WikiLeaks.”
Fox News also reported that CCI has 5,000 registered users. Fox Security Experts deem this many people with access to be ‘absurd’ and ‘a bit high’.
The FBI opened a criminal investigation into this leak on March 8th. As the list of possible suspects is huge, this search will take some time and strategy.
Alex Yampolskiy, the CEO of SecurityScorecard, commented on likely FBI strategy:
“They’re going to try to do some forensic work because those documents probably have been changed [over time], so that enables them to narrow down the period to when they were taken. Once you say ‘this seems like it was a snapshot from this particular time,’ then they can look at audit logs of who had access to the document during that time frame.”
According to Fox News, SecurityScorecard has ranked 18 different industries according to their security performance. Information services came in first, with construction and food coming in right afterward. In last place was the government. However, Yampolskiy still finds this CIA breach surprising.
“The CIA was specifically one of the top performers in the government. An ‘A’ letter grade.”
Although there may be a criminal investigation going on, Wikileaks is not about to stop publishing. In fact, according to their website, it sounds like they’re just warming up:
“Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. The first full part of the series, “Year Zero”, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina. It follows an introductory disclosure last month of CIA targeting French political parties and candidates in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election.”
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(H/T: Fox News)