WikiLeaks Outs New CIA Tool Targeting Windows Webcams and Microphones
August 4, 2017 By The Editor <https://www.secplicity.org/author/wgvoxus/>
According to recent reports
WikiLeaks has released information on yet another CIA hacking tool. This
particular malware is called Dumbo and it allows users to compromise
webcams and microphones of target PCs and prevent them from recording or
transmitting data. The trick is, it can only be delivered by a USB stick
that must be plugged into the target computer. Dumbo requires not only
physical access to the victim’s device, but admin privileges as well.
Once plugged in, it will disable all network interface cards (which
prevents the machine from sending or receiving any data) and terminate all
processes on a pre-programmed “termination list.” Dumbo only affects 32-bit
Windows XP, Vista and newer operating systems and will not affect older
versions of Windows or a 64-bit Windows XP. A 2012 CIA presentation also
released by WikiLeaks includes the following description of Dumbo:
*“Dumbo is designed as a PAG [physical access group] entry-operation
utility that targets webcams and other monitoring software. PAG requests
this capability to deter home security systems that may identify officers
or prevent operations.”*
We can assume this malware is intended to work like something out of a
James Bond movie, where an operative plugs in a USB drive to temporarily
disable security cameras. Pretty slick, right? Not when the whole world
knows about it…
You can learn more about the WikiLeaks report on Dumbo at V3
look at the complete WikiLeaks materials for yourself here
<https://wikileaks.org/vault7/#Dumbo>. You can also read more about
WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 CIA dumps
Posted by: "Beowulf" <beow...@westerndefense.net>
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