WikiLeaks has released round two of their Vault 7 series revealing how the CIA targeted Apple products
(WASHINGTON, DC) WikiLeaks has released the latest batch of documents in its Vault 7 series of documents related to the CIA’s espionage programs. The latest release, dubbed ‘Dark Matter,’ reveals the specific techniques used to target Apple products.
The leak came just prior to WikiLeaks latest press briefing which is scheduled to take place at 10am ET. The last Vault 7 press conference was cancelled after Julian Assange claimed their streaming services were being attacked.
The projects, developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB), attack Apple’s firmware meaning that any infections are persistent regardless of efforts to remove them, including if the operating system is reinstalled.
In a statement, WikiLeaks said today’s ‘Dark Matter’ leak reveals includes details of the ‘Sonic Screwdriver’ project, described by the CIA as a “mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting.”
WikiLeaks said this allows an attacker to boot its attack software from a USB stick on to a device even when a firmware password is enabled on the device, meaning the read-only memory of a device can be modified using ‘Sonic Screwdriver’.