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CIA hacked Wi-Fi routers for years, reveals Wikileaks leaked documents

However, the CIA has so far not commented on these leaked documents

ANI  |  Washington DC 

CIA hacked Wi-Fi routers for years, reveals Wikileaks leaked documents

Leaked secret documents posted by on its website revealed that the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been hacking home, office and public wireless routers for years in an effort to carry out clandestine surveillance.

The documents which are part of an ongoing series of leaks released by the WikiLeaks, revealing the work of the CIA's elite hacking unit called as Engineering Development Group, could not be immediately verified.

According to the US media reports, among the dozens of files, are used and installation guides, manuals, and other "secret"-marked maps and charts that reveal several hacking tool suites, which allow the agency to target specific networks and computers.

As per the leaked documents, home routers from 10 manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, and Belkin can be turned into covert listening posts that allow the to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices.

One of the tools named as CherryBlossom in the leaked documents allows the to monitor the internet activity of a target, redirect their browser, scan for email addresses and phone numbers, and other software exploits.

The had also published certain documents in March exposing the tactics used by the to hack certain devices like phone, smart TV, computer and router.

However, the has so far not commented on these leaked documents.

First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 19:45 IST
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