Following the initial release of documents, dubbed “Year Zero,” which detailed tactics the CIA leverages to breach iPhones, iPads, Windows, smart TVs and other devices, WikiLeaks today published additional “Vault 7”-series materials. Code-named “Dark Matter,” the latest batch of secret files provides an insight into other CIA hacks and programs that have been internally developed and maintained for years with the goal of infesting Apple’s all-in-one iMac desktop and MacBook notebooks.

WikiLeaks explains that these exploits, developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch, were specifically built to bypass password protection on Mac computers. One project, dubbed “Sonic Screwdriver”, allows an attacker to execute its infestation software from a USB stick while your Mac is booting.

In one instance, “Sonic Screwdriver” was successfully stored on a modified firmware version of Apple’s Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter. Another exploit, dubbed “DarkSeaSkies” allows an attacker to boot its attack software on MacBook Air notebooks by storing attack code safely in the computer’s EFI firmware.

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“DarkSeaSkies”, says WikiLeaks, consists of the exploits code-named “DarkMatter” (EFI), “SeaPea” (kernel) and ”NightSkies” (user data). These internal programs have existed since at least 2010 and the CIA has been updating them regularly.

“Dark Matter” also contains several iOS exploits, including one dubbed “NightSkies 1.2” that has existed since at least 2008. It can apparently be installed on iPhones and iPads directly within their manufacturing facility. WikiLeaks says that the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.

Apple recently said that many exploits revealed in the original WikiLeaks dump are already patched in the latest version of iOS. The company is working around the clock to address any remaining exploits.

Source: WikiLeaks

  • Satyam Panchal

    USA= united state of asshole . All shit thief are in USA fbi nsa CIA

    • Connecting Mac User 

      Lol, And USD = United State of D**ckheads hahaha

      • Superninja@1211

        and don’t forget CIA = Cocky illiterate As*es

      • How about NASA = Never A Straigjt Answer

    • Bugs Bunnay

      if you think usa is the only doing this well…

      • John

        Agreed. I guarantee that our inteligance agency in the UK (GCHQ) is also doing this and possibly even helped develop or fully developed some of the hacks the CIA use.
        Considering most inteligence agencys in other countries rely on GCHQ purly because of its strategic location based on the way that the infrastructure of the internet and global communications is mostly underwater/land cables (not satalites as some people think) that have to come through the UK to link america with europe and can easily be intercepted by them thus meaning they can isolate ‘targets’ easier and manipulate comunications between ‘targets’ machines.

        Theres a reason why, up until yesterday when ISIS attacked us in Westminster, we hadn’t had a serious terrorist attack in years and even the governmant admitted they have foiled 13 similar attempts on westminster since 2011. Not to mention other attempts that are not similar. You would be nieve to think its all luck on behalf of the police and just informants ratting out eachother

    • Only sick people would do this.

  • Jake1047s

    but isn’t it already super easy to get into someones computer if you don’t have the password? like all you literally have to do is enter a few terminal commands and then the computer thinks that it has never been setup allowing you to bypass the password and then delete the other account or get into the other account??