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Central Intelligence Agency reportedly hacked Wi-Fi routers for years

Central Intelligence Agency reportedly hacked Wi-Fi routers for years

Furthermore, WikiLeaks notes that because WiFi devices are common in homes, public places and offices it makes them fitting target to conduct "Man-In-The-Middle" attacks as Cherry Blossom program can easily monitor, control and manipulate the Internet traffic of connected users.

Using CherryBlossom, the Central Intelligence Agency would have been able to bypass a router's security and access its firmware upgrade page using a variety of methods.

A FlyTrap can send data to the CherryTree containing device status and security information which is logged into the C&C's database. Tasks for a Flytrap include (among others) the scan for email addresses, chat usernames, MAC addresses and VoIP numbers in passing network traffic to trigger additional actions, the copying of the full network traffic of a Target, the redirection of a Target's browser (e.g., to Windex for browser exploitation) or the proxying of a Target's network connections. It and related technical documents are part of WikiLeaks' Vault7 trove of stolen intelligence, which the organization announced in March. In all, documents say CherryBlossom runs on 25 router models, although it's likely modifications would allow the implant to run on at least 100 more.

In some cases, even if your system administration level is high, the Feds can hack on CherryBlossom with UPnP, using a long-standing open source code exploit called Tomato. Once a router is compromised, its communications to and from the CIA's control server are encrypted and disguised to prevent detection.

The CIA, as is to be expected, has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of the CherryBlossom programme nor the legitimacy of the leaked documents. These include Dark Matter, Marble, Grasshopper, HIVE, Weeping Angel, Scribbles, Archimedes, AfterMidnight or Assassin, Athena and Pandemic. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.


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