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WikiLeaks Releases Files on CIA Spying Geo-Location Malware for WiFi Devices

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The WikiLeaks whistleblowing website published documents, showing how ELSA malware is allegedly used by US intelligence services to collect geolocation data from WiFi-enabled devices.

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WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Tools Targeting Air-Gapped Devices, Closed Networks
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The WikiLeaks whistleblowing website on Wednesday released a new batch of CIA documents from the so-called Vault 7 project, showing how ELSA malware is allegedly used by US intelligence services to collect geolocation data from WiFi-enabled devices.

“Today, June 28th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the ELSA project of the CIA. ELSA is a geo-location malware for WiFi-enabled devices like laptops running the Micorosoft Windows operating system …  If it [device] is connected to the internet, the malware automatically tries to use public geo-location databases from Google or Microsoft to resolve the position of the device and stores the longitude and latitude data along with the timestamp,” WikiLeaks said in a press release.

​According to the statement, the malware, once it is persistently installed on a targeted device, does not have to be connected to the internet to continue collection of data.

“Additional back-end software (again using public geo-location databases from Google and Microsoft) converts unprocessed access point information from exfiltrated logfiles to geo-location data to create a tracking profile of the target device,” WikiLeaks said.

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WikiLeaks Releases New Batch of CIA Documents on Hacking Tools
The whistleblowing platform released what appears to be the CIA's user manual for the ELSA project as evidence.

WikiLeaks began releasing Vault 7 on March 7, with the first full part comprising 8,761 documents. The previous release took place on June 22 and was dedicated to the CIA "Brutal Kangaroo” hacking tool.

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