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Suspected CIA espionage collection related to hacks in 16 countries

The suspected CIA espionage collection exposed by WikiLeaks have been related to hacking attempts on during slightest 40 targets in 16 countries, according to confidence organisation Symantec.

The collection share “close similarities” with a strategy from an espionage organisation called Longhorn, Symantec pronounced in a Monday post. Longhorn has been active given during slightest 2011, regulating Trojan programs and formerly opposite program vulnerabilities to penetrate targets.

Those targets embody governments and organizations in a financial, telecom, IT and aerospace sectors, among others, Symantec said, though disclosing specific names.

Victim computers were located in a Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa — and during one point, even a U.S., where a CIA is barred from conducting electronic surveillance.

“On one arise a mechanism in a United States was compromised but, following infection, an uninstaller was launched within hours, that might prove this plant was putrescent unintentionally,” Symantec said. 

The CIA has declined to contend either a papers dumped by WikiLeaks are authentic. But confidence researchers think that a dumped files understanding a deleterious blow to a U.S. view organisation by exposing a tip hacking operations.

On Monday, Symantec pronounced there was “little doubt” a couple existed between Longhorn and a hacking techniques described in a dumped documents.

The confidence organisation has found Longhorn regulating 4 opposite malware tools, dual of that compare sum disclosed in a dumped files.