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WikiLeaks expose reveals design of CIA secret missile control system

This is the first time that the whistleblower has not exposed any malware used to exploit bugs

Wikileaks Cia Expose

IANS  |  Washington 

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The leaked documents were the second batch recently released by WikiLeaks, which said it obtained a hoard of information on the CIA’s cyberweapons programs from a former government worker or contractor. (Photo: Reuters)

WikiLeaks has released several documents of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) secret missile control system, the organisation announced.

The project differed from the "usual" malware development project of the CIA, with no indication as to why it's contained within a repository of hacking techniques, it said on Thursday.

Almost every week since March, Wikileaks has been leaking CIA-related secrets, reports Xinhua news agency.

However, this is the first time that the whistleblower has not exposed any malware used to exploit bugs or perform surveillance.

The latest leak contains four secret documents in total from the missile control system, dubbed Project Protego, along with "37 related documents (proprietary hardware/software manuals from Microchip Technology Inc)", WikiLeaks said.

The documents indicate that the micro-controller-based system, developed by major US defence contractor Raytheon, installed on a Pratt & Whitney aircraft (PWA) and can be used to command the on-board missile launch system and perform air-to-air and air-to-ground operations.

Leaked documents revealed system design, a guide on how to configure and build Protego images, and also suggest that all micro-controller units exchange data and signals over encrypted and authenticated channels.

"The missile system has micro-controllers for the missile itself (Missile Smart Switch), the tube (Tube Smart Switch) and the collar (which holds the missile before and at launch time)," the statement said.

WikiLeaks is not sure why the secret documents of project Protego were the part of repositories that belongs to the CIA.

Since March, WikiLeaks has released 23 batches of "Vault 7" series, detailing hacking exploits it claims were sourced from within the CIA.

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First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 11:01 IST