Published Mar 07, 2017Lest you forget that we're living in a dystopian hell world, WikiLeaks has just published a series of documents that suggest the Central Intelligence Agency has been spying on the public through consumer electronic devices. The documents allege that the CIA has used smartphones, computers and even WiFi-enabled televisions to spy on the general public.
WikiLeaks dropped some 7,818 web pages with 943 attachments in a leak it's called Vault 7. Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the CIA, said, "We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents." Still, publications like the New York Times have said their legitimacy "appeared likely at first review."
The documents feature many different operations from the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence. One of them, codenamed "Weeping Angel," suggests that the organization has been using Samsung Smart TVs to listen in on consumers.
Even when the television is powered off, the CIA allegedly has the ability to turn on its internal microphone, record conversations and store them on a secret server. The WikiLeaks release suggests that the Smart TV hack was developed in a joint venture between the CIA and British intelligence.
Journalists are still combing through the documents to uncover more revelations, so expect more bad news in the days and weeks to come. Until then, be careful what you say in front of your Smart TV as it might be snitching on you.