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Symantec Blames Global Cyber Attacks On Secret CIA Tools

Symantec Blames Global Cyber Attacks On Secret CIA Tools

Cyber attacks on scores of organisations around the world have been conducted with top-secret hacking tools that were exposed recently by Wikileaks, according to security market leader Symantec. The company said the attacks were probably conducted by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

Symantec said that companies, universities and government departments were all subject to attacks, which used tools including malware that could turn Samsung televisions into spying devices.

Files posted by WikiLeaks appear to show internal CIA discussions of various tools for hacking into phones, computers and other electronic gear, along with programming code for some of them, according to the Reuters news service.

Symantec said it had connected at least 40 attacks in 16 countries to the tools obtained by WikiLeaks.

The CIA has not confirmed the Wikileaks documents are genuine. But agency spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak said that any WikiLeaks disclosures aimed at damaging the intelligence community “not only jeopardise US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm.”

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