Almost two days ago, Wikileaks revealed some files that claim that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has the ability to hack and surveil android cell phones, iPhones, Smart TVs, Cars and all devices related Internet of Things (IoT).
Reacting to the reports, Google and Apple have decided to start finding leads supporting these reports. As a first step, Google researchers have started searching the 8,000-page data dump related to CIA and are busy trying to determine if they need to get working on patches.
In this attempt, the Google researchers are said to have found some zero days vulnerabilities that need fixing on an immediate note.
On a parallel note, Apple has also decided to have pressed some research team members of this issue. But the electronics giant is keeping everything under wraps on this issue for obvious reasons.
As the data dump can trigger dire security concerns among those using iOS devices, Apple has decided to launch a stringent probe on this issue.
According to a New York Times report, Google has also launched a probe on CIA’s ability to intercept and control connected cars. As Google is testing driverless cars in the United States and Europe, it is interested in knowing the real ability of the United States Law Enforcement agencies on launching a cyber attack on its new technology.
WikiLeaks which has become a sensation in the media world has taken the risk of scrubbing CIA in the wrong way. So, some media resources have already reported that this could make the media resource pay a huge price in near future.
In a fresh media statement released by Google’s Director of Information Security, he emailed the press that his company is confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities. However, he added that his team of experts are still behind the leads and are ready to take extra care in weeding out any future vulnerabilities of any sort.
Apple’s security team remained unreachable to comment on this issue.
Note- Wikileaks head Assange has already made it official that the data dump of CIA’s cyber attacking capabilities will be accessible to tech companies on request. On hearing this, Apple and Google were the first two tech firms to utilize the opportunity.