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.

CIA Director Smears Wikileaks After Tweeting Them During 2016 Election

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.

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Wikileaks Casts Doubt on Russian Hacking Narrative

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.

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Assange Asylum in Jeopardy, ‘Marble’ Undermines Russian Hacker Narrative

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Park Geun-hye’s Arrest Disrupts Foreign Influence In South Korean Politics

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Wikileaks Publishes Vault 7 “Dark Matter” Release

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”

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”

Feminism Has Been Hijacked By Outside Interests

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines feminism as:
1. 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2. 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

Feminism is described as an organized movement, a “political theory,” including political activity for the benefit of women’s rights and furtherance of equality. Most feminists would argue they are working to improve the lives of women. But who exactly organizes the political activity at the center of contemporary feminism, and what are the real motivations behind these groups? Continue reading “Feminism Has Been Hijacked By Outside Interests”