AT: As an electronics hardware and software designer, I have taken keen interest in the Wikileaks disclosure of the CIA’s Vault 7 hacking tools. Wikileaks has been dribbling out the details for months now, showing us what the CIA has been developing to, ahem, keep us safe from the bad guys. When I talk with fellow engineers about the possibility that the feds are sucking up every bit of data they can get their packet sniffers on, we all agree it is happening, to an unknown extent. How amazing to now get an actual peek behind the overpriced GSA-schedule gray curtain.
These disclosures are disturbing in multiple ways, for example, that our tax dollars are funding the federal government’s hacking of free citizens’ lives, all under the premise that they are only targeting criminals and spies. Most commentators find this the greatest outrage.
The most disturbing fact to me, as a tech insider and developer, is that the Swiss cheese computing tools we use today are way more hole than cheese. Vault 7 is evidence of this. There are exploits in Vault 7 for nearly every modern computing platform, operating system, and communications method. Everything connected to the Internet is broken. Everything. Including the device on which you are reading this article. MORE