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Trump Junior Exposed for Wikileaks Contacts

Trump Junior Exposed for Wikileaks ContactsRachel Maddow reports on yet another new revelation of contact between the Trump campaign and Russia and its operatives, this time between Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks…



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Trump Jr. Secretly Corresponded With Wikileaks, Report Says

Trump Jr. Secretly Corresponded With Wikileaks, Report SaysA report in The Atlantic alleges that Donald Trump Jr. secretly corresponded with WikiLeaks during his father’s 2016 presidential campaign and months afterward.



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Donald Trump Jr. Messaged With WikiLeaks During Presidential Campaign

Donald Trump Jr. Messaged With WikiLeaks During Presidential CampaignPresident Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., communicated with WikiLeaks over Twitter direct message during the 2016 presidential race, according to a report in The Atlantic published Monday.



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WikiLeaks releases thousands of hacked Macron campaign emails

WikiLeaks releases thousands of hacked Macron campaign emailsMore than 20,000 emails from Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign have been published by WikiLeaks. The whistleblowing website released the trove of leaked emails on Monday as a searchable archive. It comes almost three months after the Macron campaign was hacked on the eve of his election. WikiLeaks, best known for publishing huge stores of US spy agency records, said the emails date between March 2009 and April 24 2017. RELEASE: 21,075 verified searchable emails from the campaign of President Macron #MacronEmails#MacronLeakshttps://t.co/9LlW785eYupic.twitter.com/HIq6nTcdwq— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 31, 2017 The organisation said it had confirmed the 21,075 emails were sent or received by addresses associated with the campaign by checking the “domain keys” used to sign emails. It published a further 50,773 emails it could not verify. In total, the leak includes 71,848 emails, 26,506 attachments and details of 4,493 unique senders. The Macron campaign announced that it had been hacked on May 5, just days before his run-off victory over Marine Le Pen. The campaign has previously blamed Russian interests for the hacking and cybersecurity researchers have linked the attack to a group known as APT28 or Fancy Bears, the group believed to have hacked the US Democrats last year and which is often linked to the Kremlin. Russia has denied responsibility and the head of France’s cybersecurity agency, Guillaume Poupard, has said there is no evidence of Russian interference. On Monday Wikileaks referenced Poupard’s comments when it published the emails.



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Julian Assange: I urged Trump Jr to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaks

Julian Assange: I urged Trump Jr to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaksJulian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, has claimed that he contacted Donald Trump Jr and tried to persuade him to publish emails showing he was eager to accept sensitive information about Hillary Clinton via the anti-secrecy website. Instead, the US president’s eldest son did so via Twitter, igniting a firestorm of criticism around his apparent willingness to work with the Russian government against his father’s Democratic rival. “Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us),” tweeted Assange, who is based at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.



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Sweden drops rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Sweden drops rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian AssangeSweden has dropped a rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. If Assange leaves the embassy, London authorities can still arrest him for jumping bail in 2012.



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WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers

WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computersThe Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks. In its second release allegedly from the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency has been able since 2008 to insert it bugs onto new and unused iPhones by intervening in Apple’s supply and distribution network. The release follows the initial publication on March 9 by the anti-secrecy group of thousands of pages of instructions and code from what it called the entire CIA arsenal of hacking tools.



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Wikileaks Founder Says He Will Help Silicon Valley, But They're More Concerned About Ties To Russia

Wikileaks Founder Says He Will Help Silicon Valley, But They're More Concerned About Ties To RussiaWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offered to help tech companies on flaw detailed in hacked CIA documents, but Silicon Valley is more concerned about his ties to Russia.



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U.S. officials aware of CIA security breach in 2016, say WikiLeaks papers authentic

U.S. officials aware of CIA security breach in 2016, say WikiLeaks papers authenticBy John Walcott and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Wednesday that they have been aware since the end of last year of a security breach at the CIA that led to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks publishing agency documents on its hacking tools. The officials, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters that they believed that the documents published by WikiLeaks on Tuesday were authentic. Investigators were focusing on CIA contractors as the likely source of passing materials to WikiLeaks, the officials said.



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Apple responds to CIA iPhone exploits uncovered in new WikiLeaks data dump

Apple responds to CIA iPhone exploits uncovered in new WikiLeaks data dump

WikiLeaks yesterday published an absolute treasure trove of data detailing how the CIA utilizes specialized software and hacking tools to successfully infiltrate, spy on, and in some instances remotely control a vast array of hardware, a list that includes smartphones, web servers, routers and even TVs. In a document dump encompassing nearly 8,000 classified files, we learn that the CIA has an impressive arsenal of software exploits that leaves no computing platform safe from attack.

"The CIA has developed automated multi-platform malware attack and control systems covering Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, Linux and more," the report notes.

Of particular interest is the revelation that the CIA houses an internal group which busies itself with iOS-based exploits exclusively.

Despite iPhone's minority share (14.5%) of the global smart phone market in 2016, a specialized unit in the CIA's Mobile Development Branch produces malware to infest, control and exfiltrate data from iPhones and other Apple products running iOS, such as iPads. CIA's arsenal includes numerous local and remote "zero days" developed by CIA or obtained from GCHQ, NSA, FBI or purchased from cyber arms contractors such as Baitshop. The disproportionate focus on iOS may be explained by the popularity of the iPhone among social, political, diplomatic and business elites.

In the wake of these revelations, Apple late on Tuesday issued a statement to TechCrunch designed to alleviate concerns that the company's products might still be vulnerable to a laundry list of CIA exploits. In short, Apple maintains that many of the iOS vulnerabilities the CIA previously relied upon have already been patched.

Apple's statement reads:

Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.

While it's only natural to draw parallels between the recent CIA document dump and the collection of classified NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, some security experts believe that the release of the CIA's hacking arsenal is far more serious because it references exploits that are far more current than some of the tools and methods revealed by Snowden.



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