WikiLeaks reveals CIA's Imperial hacking project targeting Mac and Linux

WikiLeaks reveals CIA's Imperial hacking project targeting Mac and Linux”

"They mostly contain proof-of-concept ideas and assessments for malware attack vectors - partly based on public documents from security researchers and private enterprises in the computer security field", according to Wikileaks. In the case of Achilles, the Central Intelligence Agency worked out how to infect a software disk image to install a Trojan on a target computer, and to then automatically remove signs of the malware from the image to prevent detection. The other two malware, named Achilles and SeaPea, affect Apple's macOS operating system.

Continuing its series of publishing information on malware and exploits allegedly used by the U.S. government and its partners, WikiLeaks has posted another set of manuals for digital attack tools.

The latest documents to be leaked detail hacking tools called Achilles, Aeris and SeaPea.

Aeris is an automated implant written in C that supports a number of POSIX-based systems (Debian, RHEL, Solaris, FreeBSD, CentOS).

WikiLeaks claims that a source provided portions of an archive of the CIA's hacking arsenal, including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponised "zero day" exploits and malware remote control systems that was circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors in an unauthorised manner.

WikiLeaks says the documents indicate the scope of the CIA's global covert hacking programme, its malware arsenal and dozens of "zero day" weaponised exploits against a wide range of United States and European company products.

You can find out more over on the WikiLeaks page for the Imperial project.

This highlight features of Aeris are configurable beacon interval, standalone HTTPS LS support, SMTP protocol support, TLS encrypted communications, automated file exfiltration, structured C&C, and compatibility with NOD cryptographic specification. Aeris was created to provide a backdoor into Linux-based systems.

Achilles has been tested in Intel processors running OS 10.6. This way, the malware tried to erase its footprints and avoid suspicion. It's also able to hide files, socket connections, and processes on the infected systems.

SeaPea is an OS X Rootkit that provides stealth and tool launching capabilities.

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