WikiLeaks releases CIA manual on how to turn a Samsung TV into a secret microphone

University of South Wales: Information Security & Privacy

The latest releases by WikiLeaks appear to include descriptions of CIA-developed malware that could turn Samsung TVs into recording devices.

Details about the British-made ‘Extending’ and the CIA’s ‘Weeping Angel,’ both recently stolen from the CIA, were released by WikiLeaks on Friday.

The documents outline programs that can make certain Samsung TVs into recording devices via a USB drive placed in the televisions, The Hill reported.

The audio channels from the TVs would be rerouted from its microphone to the CIA.

Depending on the veracity of the documents, the initiative might have been developed jointly by Britain’s MI5, which first developed the software, and the CIA.

The British ‘Extending’ and American ‘Weeping Angel’ describe plans for turning certain Samsung TV models into recording devices,

The software differ in which Samsung models they are able to hack. Samsung’s F8000 model was named in documents pertaining to ‘Weeping Angel.’

Reference:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4434572/Wikileaks-CIA-documents-prepares-charge-Assange.html

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