A manhunt is underway for the Vault7 leaker

CBS News has reported that the CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation to find the 'traitor' who leaked the Vault7 information to whistleblowing agency Wikileaks. The leaks show that the CIA has the ability to hack most devices, and get past several encryption techniques people use to send emails and instant messages.

CBS in their report said:

Sources familiar with the investigation say it [the CIA] is looking for an insider – either a CIA employee or contractor – who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken or how it was stolen.

There's a good chance that if the agencies do find who was responsible for the leaks, that it'll be a former contractor for U.S. intelligence, as Wikileaks previously confirmed this is who they had the data from.

This round of leaks certainly don't seem to have gained as much of a splash as the Snowden revelations, however they are crammed with tons of damning information, especially for those who thought deploying encryption actually gave them a semblance of privacy. Probably the most heard about leak in the data trove was concerning Samsung Smart TVs which can reportedly listen in on conversations even when they appear to be turned off.

Source: CBS News

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