As a part of its “Vault 7”, Wikileaks has just released another batch of classified documents.
In the document release, it is mentioned how CIA (Central Investigation Agency) use different exploits and hacking technique to hack into Apple MacOS and iOS devices.
The newly released document released revealed that CIA is targeting iPhone users since 2008.
CIA agency has developed a malware that is specially designed to infect Apple firmware in a way to remain active on MacOS and iOS devices even if the firmware is reinstalled.
Named “Dark Matter”, the release uncover MacOS vulnerabilities and hacking techniques that is specially developed by CIA team called Embedded Development Branch(EDB) and which focus mainly on hacking MacOS and iOS firmware.
According to Wikileaks, the released documents also gives a clear insight into “the techniques used by the CIA to gain ‘persistence’ on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.”
The NightSkies Hacking Tool
Wikileaks document revealed the “NightSkies” which allow CIA to gain “full remote access” of iPhones and access files, such as text messages, call logs, contacts and other sensitive information.
“DarkSeaSkies” is an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air laptop and consists of “DarkMatter”, “SeaPea” and “NightSkies”, respectively EFI, kernel-space, and user-space implants.
“COG has the opportunity to gift a MacBook Air to a target that will be implanted with this tool. The tool will be a beacon/implant that runs in the background of a MacBook Air that provides us with command and control capabilities. The implant will beacon periodically. This beacon must be persistent in the MacBook Air, and must leave a minimal on-disc footprint.” the document says.
The Sonic Screwdriver Hacking Tool
Wikileaks in another document release revealed a tool named as “Sonic Screwdriver” and which is named after Doctor Who’s trademark tool.
“Sonic Screwdriver is a mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting”, according to CIA.
It can be injected into any thumb drives and hard disks.
The document also described how CIA agents could infect a Mac with the malware using Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.
Previously the Vault 7 has published major bugs in software and devices including Android smartphones, iPhones, and Samsung Smart TVs, which are used by millions of users for communications.
In coming days, Vault 7 will release more details about the government and Intelligence agency.
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