Welcome to George Orwell’s version of 1984. He was a little off on the date but it eventually did happen. Time to pack up and go live in the forest.
And that name! Have you ever watched Dr. Who? These agencies must have been so sure they would never be hacked because they named their spyware after some of the creepiest villains ever. What agency, in its right mind, would ever do that?!
British spies helped the CIA find a way to convert ‘smart’ TVs into secret microphones using a codename inspired by Doctor Who killer monsters called ‘Weeping Angels’.
MI5 worked with their US counterparts to develop software that convinced people their sets were switched off when in fact they were on and recording every word they say.
British spies has been central to developing the hack of TVs connected to the internet, according to WikiLeaks.
The spooks also chose to name it after to Weeping Angels from Doctor Who – monsters who pretended to be stone statues before creeping up on unsuspecting victims.
US intelligence has also devised a method of remotely controlling cars and crashing them, leaked data claims.
Wikileaks said last night: ‘The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s MI5.
‘After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them to a covert CIA server.’
WikiLeaks claimed the haul, which it dubbed Vault 7, Year Zero, exposed the agency’s entire hacking tool kit, constituting an even bigger and more significant breach of US intelligence than the National Security Agency files leaked by analyst Edward Snowden.
The sensational revelation came after the website published 8,761 confidential US government files detailing CIA hacking and surveillance techniques.
Snowden’s revelations showed the vast extent of routine electronic spying by the US and allies led by the UK.
Vault 7 concentrates on the ingenious ways they can do it, showing how the CIA steals data from targets and turns ordinary devices such as mobile phones, computers and internet-connected TVs into surveillance tools.
WikiLeaks claims the documents show that the spy agency can turn your TV into a listening device, bypass popular encryption apps, and possibly control your car.
The CIA refused to comment on the WikiLeaks haul but intelligence experts believe they are genuine.