WikiLeaks: CIA’s CouchPotato tool grabs footage from remote video streams


The latest addition to WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 cache of CIA documents and tools is a user guide for CouchPotato. This project is designed to capture RTSP/H.264 video streams, typically from networked cameras.

This is rather different to the approach taken with the Dumbo project which required physical access to a computer. The CouchPotato documentation is relatively recent, only dating back to February 14, 2014.

The leaked documents relate to the first version of CouchPotato, and it’s not clear if further versions have been produced that iron out problems. CouchPotato 1.0, for instance, uses a massive amount of CPU time, meaning there is a risk that the activity would be noticed by a target.


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