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WikiLeaks Unloads CIA ‘Dumbo’ Vault 7 Tool For Hijacking Webcams

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Another hacking tool used by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been revealed by WikiLeaks, the non-profit organization that often publishes secret documents obtained by anonymous sources. The latest set of documents comes from Wikileaks’ Vault 7 collection of CIA malware tools and describes a utility for access webcams and microphones on certain Windows systems.

Called Dumbo, the tool was not developed for spying on targets but to corrupt recordings from webcams and microphones where the deployment a special group within the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence could be compromised. It essentially allows an agent to cover his or her tracks. One of the documents related to Dumbo that is dated June 25, 2012, reveals that agents requested Dumbo’s capabilities to “deter home security systems that may identify officers or prevent operations.”

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