Symantec endorses Wikileaks report about CIA’s spying ability to mask cyber attacks

American software company Symantec has endorsed the report of web publisher Wikileaks claiming CIA has the spying ability to mask its own cyber attack. The California-based company which offers security software has made a detailed study on recent Wikileaks claims of Vault 7 and concluded that the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) may have been involved in at least 40 cyber attacks in 16 countries which include 17 on its own nation.

Thus, the statement clearly indicates that CIA was able to hack smartphones, computers, and even televisions to snoop on the populace of America and other countries.

Reuters, which first leaked the report yesterday said that the team of researchers from Symantec are ready to offer their analysis to concerned officials if they suspect the report’s genuineness.

Although the report published in Reuters doesn’t blame the officials of CIA on a direct note, it hints that the law enforcement agency has launched cyber attacks at unspecified dates on many government entities. The Symantec report published in Reuters confirmed that CIA has always targeted government agencies of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East between 2014 to 2016.

Heather Fritz Horniak, a spokesperson from CIA has declined to comment on Symantec report publicized by Reuters. But she added that White House is going to take stern actions against the software firm if the allegations put forward by it prove as false.

Ms. Fritz added that the American public is deeply saddened by the latest disclosure of Wikileaks. But she also clarified that such kind of allegations which are actually designed to damage the Intelligence Community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries cannot deter the law enforcement from its objective of protecting the nation.

In a separate incident, a hackers group called ‘Shadow Brokers’ has released a separate batch of hacking tools related to National Security Agency on the web. They also criticized US President Donald Trump for attacking Syria and supported Russia on raising its voice against Trump.

It is still unclear on how the group obtained the files and who is actually behind this leak saga.

Hope, it’s not the mischief of Fancy Bear again!

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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