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WikiLeaks Vault 7 Highlights Importance Of Tech Self-Sufficiency

by Ulson Gunnar, Activist Post:

Leaked documents clearinghouse WikiLeaks has recently released an immense collection detailing the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) vast and literally Orwellian surveillance and spying capabilities.

The International Business Times in an article titled, “What’s in Vault 7? WikiLeaks publishes huge trove of CIA secrets,” would explain:

WikiLeaks has revealed the contents of the long-awaited Vault 7 – a huge batch of documents allegedly detailing the hacking tools used by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The whistle-blowing organisation said it may be the largest intelligence publication in history.

It also stated that these tools were used across hacked platforms. It reported:

This includes Samsung TVs, Microsoft Windows, Apple iPhones and smartphones using Google’s Android operating system. The techniques could be used to give the CIA the ability “bypass the encryption” of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo and Confide, WikiLeaks said.

In George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, TVs would surveil  the population, serving like a universal closed circuit television (CCTV) network. The incremental emergence of just such a surveillance state since the book’s publication has often been described as “Orwellian.” With devices such as phones, laptops, and smart TVs like those manufactured by Samsung now quite literally surveilling the public, the consequences warned of in Orwell’s works have now become a reality.

While the revelations from Vault 7 suggest the US CIA and its European counterparts exploited commercial platforms to build its invasive spying network, some analysts have pointed out that many of these security exploits, backdoors and surveillance features have most likely been created with the explicit cooperation of large technology corporations.

Australia’s Financial Review revealed in 2013 in an article titled, “Intel chips could let US spies inside: expert,” that:

One of Silicon Valley’s most respected technology experts, Steve Blank, says he would be “surprised” if the US National Security Agency was not embedding “back doors” inside chips produced by Intel and AMD, two of the world’s largest semiconductor firms, giving them the possibility to access and control machines.

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