WikiLeaks: CIA Uses ‘Stolen’ Malware to ‘Attribute’ Cyberattacks to Nations Like Russia

Breitbart: Documents released by WikiLeaks show that the CIA  kept records of malware attacks supposedly stolen from outside agents, including the Russian government, used to “misdirect attribution” of hacking sources.

“The CIA’s hand crafted hacking techniques pose a problem for the agency,” WikiLeaks explains. “Each technique it has created forms a ‘fingerprint’ that can be used by forensic investigators to attribute multiple different attacks to the same entity.

That’s where the CIA’s UMBRAGE team comes in. WikiLeaks describes UMBRAGE team’s activities:

The UMBRAGE team maintains a library of application development techniques borrowed from in-the-wild malware. The goal of this repository is to provide functional code snippets that can be rapidly combined into custom solutions. Rather than building feature-rich tools, which are often costly and can have significant CI value, this effort focuses on developing smaller and more targeted solutions built to operational specifications.

According to WikiLeaks, the UMBRAGE team then “collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation. With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the ‘fingerprints’ of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.”  MORE

8 Comments on WikiLeaks: CIA Uses ‘Stolen’ Malware to ‘Attribute’ Cyberattacks to Nations Like Russia

  1. Gosh, won’t this make the investigation into the Russian “hacking” of the election more difficult? – Capt. Obvious.

  2. I’m sure Hitlery and Obutthole and the regime knew this, and was counting on it to stick some BS on Trump, with the help of their media accomplices.

  3. It makes sense that the CIA would assemble a library of code used to intrude or attack systems however I don’t see where there is any proof that this Umbrage group uses it to mask or frame other countries/actors for CIA attacks on other systems.

    Not saying I don’t believe that’s true but unlike the DNC and Hillary where they didn’t attack the accuracy of the leaked emails but instead tried (and still trying) to blame Russia to shift the public’s focus to a non issue. I’m not sure the CIA because of the nature of it’s work can confirm or deny the allegations made by WIKI. Again, I suspect that it’s true but so what? Is there an allegation that the CIA hacked the Hillary and DNC/Podesta emails using code that was rigged to look like a hack from Russia then released the files to WIKI? What was the endgame because these dumps certainly hurt the Democrats more then Trump and while giving a crutch to the Dems (the idea that Trump is working with the Russians or at least being aided by them) which while stirring up a lot of dust really isn’t doing much to turn public opinion away from him. Hell, even McCain and his rino pals are looking less enthusiastic about grabbing this tarbaby as time goes on.

  4. What this means, together with the discovery of barkys change to the succession below AG, is that Barry and minions plotted the entire Russian story with the objective to tie it, via manufactured evidence, to Trump, and have their own prosecutor go after him. Let this sink in…..

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  6. If the CIA really wants to do the country a solid, go get all of Obama stuff put it on the Internet let us read it please OK I mean after all we know you have it 😎🇺🇸👍🏼

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