The Internet and Computer Security company Symantec issued a statement on 11 April about Vault 7 WikiLeaks documents leaked from the Central Intelligence Agency that the protocols and methodology details in the document are the same cyber attacks they have consistently been chasing for years.
Symantec also said that no they are sure that Flux wire, the CIA hacking tool is a Malware that had been known as Corentry, which the Symantec team had earlier linked with an unknown cyberespionage (the use of computer networks to gain illicit access to confidential information) group called LongHorn which is supposedly the very famous CIA.
Symantec further added that this cyber group, LongHorn has been active since 2011 and had been responsible for attacks in 16 different countries around the world. This group targeted government entities, NGO’s, energy, financial, natural resource companies. In simple words, they did target those entities which could be responsible for nation-wide interest.
The malware they made was specifically targeted for spying keeping in mind that they remain low profile and kept a randomness in attack intervals. “There are organizations there that people would be surprised were targets,” said Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec.
The CIA has not confirmed that authenticity of these documents. CIA spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak said that “any leak aiming at damaging the intelligence community not only jeopardizes US personnel and operations but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm. It is important to note that CIA is legally prohibited from conducting electronic surveillance targeting individuals here at home, including our fellow Americans, and the CIA does not do so.”
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