WikiLeaks has struck again, exposing another national security secret from the CIA Thursday morning. The latest leak is documentation from a CIA project called Dumbo, which allows the CIA to take over webcams and gain physical access to computers.
In the announcement, WikiLeaks released the following explanation:
“Today, August 3rd, 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the Dumbo project of the CIA. Dumbo is a capability to suspend processes utilizing webcams and corrupt any video recordings that could compromise a PAG deployment. The PAG (Physical Access Group) is a special branch within the CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence); its task is to gain and exploit physical access to target computers in CIA field operations.
“Dumbo can identify, control and manipulate monitoring and detection systems on a target computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system. It identifies installed devices like webcams and microphones, either locally or connected by wireless (Bluetooth, WiFi) or wired networks. All processes related to the detected devices (usually recording, monitoring or detection of video/audio/network streams) are also identified and can be stopped by the operator. By deleting or manipulating recordings, the operator is aided in creating fake or destroying actual evidence of the intrusion operation.
“Dumbo is run by the field agent directly from an USB stick; it requires administrator privileges to perform its task. It supports 32bit Windows XP, Windows Vista, and newer versions of Windows operating system. 64bit Windows XP, or Windows versions prior to XP are not supported.”
In March, WikiLeaks released a stash of CIA documents, described as the “largest ever publication of confidential documents.” WikiLeaks stated that the CIA recently “lost control” of all its hacking secrets, including several hundred million lines of code, giving the hacker possession of the CIA’s entire hacking capacity. The data was then reportedly shared with other hackers, one of whom shared portions of the documents with WikiLeaks.
The entire CIA leak has been titled “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, and they continue to release it all out to the public. At least 20 batches have been released so far.