"WikiLeaks will help Apple, Samsung, Google fix CIA hacks"
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WikiLeaks will help Apple, Samsung, Google fix CIA hacks
Wikileaks is extending in our branch to big tech companies like Apple, Google and Samsung.
On March 7, the site released thousands of alleged CIA Documents in an archive called Vault 7. That described hacking tools to break into smartphones, TV's and computers.
Two days later, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said he wants to help companies fix vulnerabilities before Wikileaks releases any more details from the alleged CIA files.
We have decided to work with them, give them some exclusive access to additional technical details we have.
So that fixes can be developed and pushed out, so people can be secured.
CNET is currently unable to verify the authenticity of the documents.
The CIA did not confirm or deny if the documents were real, but in a statement said, quote, It is CIA's job to be innovative, cutting-edge and the first line of defense in protecting this country from enemies abroad.
The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence communities ability to protect America, end quote.
Assange said it would take a few days to fix some of the smaller issues but others that targeted connected devices were much more complex.
Then for some systems, like Android with many manufacturers, there's no automatic update to the systems.
So, people have to manually try and pull something in so that means, only people who are aware of it Can fix the problem a little bit.
Both Apple and Google previously issued statements saying that they had already fixed many of the issues outlined [UNKNOWN] the documents with the latest iOS and Android update.
Samsung and Microsoft are looking into the [UNKNOWN] For more on the [UNKNOWN] as they develop, stay tuned to CNET.com.
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