Google addressed the leaked CIA documents, but remained cryptic


On Tuesday, WikiLeaks posted a cache of over 8,000 documents, and called it “Vault 7”. The documents, allegedly from the CIA, describe various methods the Agency uses to spy on consumer electronics, including but not limited to smartphones, TVs and IoT products.

Apple already released a statement on the vulnerabilities uncovered by WikiLeaks, but considering Google's Android OS and Chrome browser were among CIA's targets, Big G's silence on the matter was rather concerning for some users. The same probably sigh with relieve right now, as the creator of Android has released an official statement on the matter, which reads:



Just like Apple before it, Google didn't give any specifics on what vulnerabilities were patched, and what still remain a concern. This is not surprising, however, as pointing out the already leaked security holes would only lead to more hackers exploiting them, and that will not sit well with users and Google alike.

It's important to note that the legitimacy of the documents has yet to be confirmed. However, considering the swift response by a number of companies, among which Samsung, Apple and Google, we're inclined to believe that the Vault 7 documents might turn out to be the real deal.

Both the CIA and the Trump administration refused to comment on the leak, but the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Davin Nunes, said he was very concerned about the release and has sought more information about it. In the meantime, a lot of users await the continuation of the Year Zero series of documents, as WikiLeaks stated that Vault 7 was just the first part of “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency”.

via Recode

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7 Comments

1. splus

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

What a nonsense bombastic headline! Google's response is brief and spot on. Most leaks are already patched and they are working on the rest. What else would you want???

3. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Lol.. I agree

6. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Remember this site is called (i)phonearena. Anything related to Apple this site will praise highly

7. Gandalfdenvite

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 15, 2016

But still most Android-phone users will never get these patches because their Androids will no longer get any updates/patches at all!

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple, Google and Microsoft are American companies just like the CIA! So maybe i am saying just maybe they have a secret collaboration! This we will never know.

4. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

"we will implement any further necessary protections. We've always made security a top priority" I can't believe there are people who buy this s**t

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

The same people who called conspiracy theorists morons about CIA and NSA spying on you. Now they are silent. Its hilarious.

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