Family Security Matters
This article is addressed to the public in general, but especially the media, i.e., journalists who should know better but don’t.
Last week, WikiLeaks released classified documents relating to CIA-funded surveillance programs and techniques. Under the codename Vault 7, Julian Assange’s organization has so far disclosed only a small fraction (1%) of the total documents, which they claim to be the “largest intelligence publication in history.” The “Year 0” release contains 7,818 web pages and 943 attachments. (You can view the entire Vault 7 ‘Year 0′ collection here. For a good overview of what Vault 7 consists of and some potential implications, follow this link.)
Some of the more sensational activities documented in Vault 7 explain how the CIA has retained, through electronic and programming loopholes and proprietary technology, an ability to remotely activate a variety of personal electronic devices, enabling them to – for example – listen to private conversations within earshot of your smartphones microphone. Ostensibly, this is also true for cameras (e.g., on your smartphone phone, laptop, iPad, on your television).
For many Americans, this news comes as an unwelcome surprise. Before we continue, let’s pause and examine whether the public outcry is justified.