Assange Calls Out BBC Over Misleading Shadowbrokers Leak Coverage

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.

Buzzfeed Caught By Wikileaks Falsifying Information About Response To Vault 7 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”

Wikileaks Releases Vault 7 “Day Zero” Leak On CIA’s Global Hacking Force

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.

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George Soros Funded Think Tank Attacks Disobedient Media Over EU Coverage

It took just a few months for Disobedient Media to go from a sleepy news outlet to apparently garnering the attention of multiple power brokers on the global stage. Continue reading “George Soros Funded Think Tank Attacks Disobedient Media Over EU Coverage”

Julian Assange Addresses Public Concerns Regarding Riseup Canary Statement

After the drama of the past few months, Julian Assange could be forgiven for wishing that the world still communicated via passenger pigeon.

Seattle-based email provider Riseup’s “canary” expiration baffled the public for months and led to emotional, nonfactual accusations that Wikileaks had been “compromised” by state actors. But what is Riseup’s canary and how did an anomaly related to it cause so much concern? To explain that, it is necessary to outline the legal processes that made canaries necessary, how they work in relation to the law and what a canary is exactly. Continue reading “Julian Assange Addresses Public Concerns Regarding Riseup Canary Statement”

Hollywood Tantrum Escalates

Hollywood and corporate media continue to rage at their loss of control over America as the Trump inauguration approaches. Drawn out infantile diatribes daily escalate in volume and hypocritical intensity, from Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe hypocrisy to Rosie O’Donnell’s recent statements supporting martial law. Continue reading “Hollywood Tantrum Escalates”

Interview: Rick Wilson denies involvement with Buzzfeed dossier to Disobedient Media

It’s the latest chapter in a saga of dubious news stories run by the press and later debunked once facts began to emerge. Continue reading “Interview: Rick Wilson denies involvement with Buzzfeed dossier to Disobedient Media”