An investigation has revealed that terror groups operating out of Syria have taken to Reddit, utilizing the online messageboard as a forum for individuals who support Islamic terror groups operating inside Syria. Disobedient Media has determined that the subreddit r/SyrianRebels lists at least one moderator who appears to support extremist-aligned groups in Syria and has recently announced that they will host an “Ask Me Anything” session with a senior Al-Qaeda militant in charge of media outreach for the terror group. Reddit has refused to remove the subreddit, claiming that it does not violate their site’s rules.
The April 8th release of an NSA hacking toolkit by the group known as the Shadowbrokers shook technology circles when it was revealed that serious exploits targeting Microsoft may have been used to attack global banking systems. In the aftermath of the revelations, BBC News was called out by Wikileaks editor Julian Assange for misrepresenting the degree to which Microsoft has already addressed such serious vulnerabilities.
The Shadowbrokers hacking tools are a significant, serious event. CNN has stated that the leaks put “a powerful nation state-level attack tool in the hands of anyone who wants to download it to start targeting servers.” Fortune reported that the Shadowbrokers release had severe security implications, and that there appeared to be at least several dozen exploits, including zero-day vulnerabilities in the release. Some of the exploits offer a potential “God Mode” on select Windows systems which would give an intruder total control.
Microsoft released a security update in response to the news, which stated that it had already patched “most” of the vulnerabilities. When discussing “nation state-level attack tools,” this is a critical distinction. Microsoft’s statement made it clear that it was not claiming to have wholly resolved the issue or to have made itself completely invulnerable.
BBC News ran an article on the leaks titled: “Microsoft patched ‘NSA hack’ Windows flaws before leak” which deliberately misquoted Microsoft’s security update in order to imply that the company had entirely resolved the issue. The BBC referred to the exploits as “addressed,” and “already fixed,” specifically misstating the reality of Microsoft’s remaining vulnerabilities which the company itself admitted were only “mostly” addressed. The state-run media company was immediately called out by Wikileaks founder and editor Julian Assange on Twitter, who said the publication was full of “breathless dolts.”
The episode is the latest in a long history of scandals to hit the BBC over time, including false reports concerning Ethiopian arms purchases, faking footage of child laborers in Bangladesh and actively working to cover up the Jimmy Saville abuse scandal. Disobedient Media has previously reported on a similar instance of misrepresentation during Wikileaks’ Vault 7 release where Buzzfeed exaggerated statements made by Apple to imply that they had fixed the newly revealed security exploits when this was not the case.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted Wikileaks during an event held by the Center for Strategic & International Studies today, despite having promoted the publisher’s leaks in 2016 to attack political opponents during the U.S. Presidential elections.
Links tweeted recently by Wikileaks have undermined the ‘Russian hacking’ narrative. The documents show Guccifer2.0 pivoting away from earlier claims that he was the source of the DNC leaks, in attempt to pre-emptively smear murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich’s reputation by associating him with ‘Russian hackers’ just after Julian Assange had implied that Seth Rich was Wikileaks’ source. These developments suggest the Russian hacking narrative is deeply flawed, while implying Seth Rich was Wikileaks’ whistleblower he probably had nothing to do with Guccifer2.0, who was portraying himself as a middleman only to smear Rich’s reputation.
Wikileaks released the fourth installment of Vault 7 today, revealing documents from the CIA’s “Grasshopper Framework.”
Wikileaks has published the next installment in their series of documents on the CIA titled “Dark Matter.”
The release contains several documents showing various methods which CIA projects use to infect Apple Mac Computer firmware. They show that some of the infections can continue to exist on Apple computers even if the operating system is re-installed in an effort to wipe malware. Continue reading “Wikileaks Publishes Vault 7 “Dark Matter” Release”
In the wake of Wikileaks’ Vault 7 revelations, Buzzfeed has been caught by Wikileaks publishing false claims purportedly made by Apple that it had “patched the vulnerabilities mentioned in the Wikileaks dump of CIA cyber tools.” Wikileaks tweeted that Apple had not fixed any newly discovered vulnerabilities, labelling the claim “fake news.” Continue reading “Buzzfeed Caught By Wikileaks Falsifying Information About Response To Vault 7 Release”
Yesterday, Wikileaks announced the release of their Vault 7 file release on Twitter. The release contains 8,761 documents from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. The tweet included a link to the torrent of the file along with instructions on how to access the release. Wikileaks has provided a press release and basic analysis of the Vault 7 leaks which can be viewed here.