The CIA is hunting for an insider who gave top-secret files to WikiLeaks

The CIA is hunting for an insider who gave top-secret files to WikiLeaks

The Central Intelligence Agency has launched a manhunt for a traitor within its ranks, after what has been known as one the worst security breaches in the organization’s history, CBS News reported on Wednesday.

A joint investigation of the CIA and the FBI is underway to examine how thousands of top-secret files were published in March by WikiLeaks, the controversial organization that releases classified material, by an alleged CIA employee or contractor who operated a tool normally used by the CIA to infiltrate various electronic devices — from smart phones, smart televisions, and computers.

The breach has been referred as “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks.

The CIA did not state publicly how or when the information was stolen. However, it said that the insider had physical access to obtain the files, and that most of it was stored in a “highly secure section,” CBS reported. 

CIA director Mike Pompeo recently slammed WikiLeaks for playing a role in the dissemination of the files.

“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” he said, referring to the organization’s possible ties to the Kremlin.

Pompeo continued to rail against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, asserting that the Russian military “had used WikiLeaks” to release the Democratic National Committee’s emails that has since fueled allegations of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential election. He also added that RT, a media network from Russia that has offices in the US, was “Russia’s primary propaganda outlet,” and that it “has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

The organization itself has been reluctant to release its source. “The archive appears to have been circulated among former US government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive,” read a statement.

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YouTube Has a Secret ‘Dark Mode’

YouTube Has a Secret ‘Dark Mode’

It appears Google has quietly introduced a new “dark mode” for its video portal YouTube, several people are reporting. Here’s how to activate it, via The Next Web: 1. Open the Chrome developer tools tab. 2. Windows users can do this by pressing Ctrl + Shift + I. 3. Mac users can do this by pressing Option + Cmd + I. 4. Select the Console tab. 5. Once in Console, paste the following text: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=fPQ4jCL6EiE” 6. Hit enter. 7. Close the developer tools tab and refresh the page. Just a little heads-up: YouTube might look slightly different — though still in white. 8. Click the main settings menu in the top right and find the ‘Dark Mode’ section. 9. Toggle ‘Dark Mode’ on and you’re settled.

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There’s a secret version of Tinder for models and millionaires called ‘Tinder Select’

There’s a secret version of Tinder for models and millionaires called ‘Tinder Select’

There’s a secret invite-only version of Tinder for celebrities, models, and millionaires called “Tinder Select.”

TechCrunch reports that the popular dating app operates quietly Tinder Select for its VIP users — cutting out ordinary users so its most in-demand date-hunters can swipe each others’ profiles in peace.

Tinder has never publicised Tinder Select, but it seems to have been around for six months (or more). Last year, a Reddit user posted a photo of the user interface, asking what it is.

It works in essentially the same way as the normal Tinder. The only real change seems to be its colour scheme — it’s blue rather than orange, with an “S” symbol rather than Tinder’s flame logo.

So, how do you get in? Sorry — if you have to ask, you’re probably out of luck. There are two routes onto Tinder Select: Either Tinder invites you, or via an existing member, who are in some circumstances allowed to nominate others.

We don’t know the exact criteria Tinder uses to select and invite new Tinder Select users, but it seems feasible that your “Elo score” could play a factor. All Tinder users have one — it’s a secret rating of your desirability, as defined by the number of people right on you, among other factors. Being a celebrity or high-profile figure probably helps too.

One source with access to Tinder Select told TechCrunch it is for “celebrities and people who do really well on Tinder.”

A Tinder spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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WikiLeaks Reveals CIA’s Secret Hacking Tools and Spy Operations

WikiLeaks Reveals CIA’s Secret Hacking Tools and Spy Operations

Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: WikiLeaks has unleashed a treasure trove of data to the internet, exposing information about the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools. Code-named Vault 7, the first data is due to be released in serialized form, starting off with “Year Zero” as part one. A cache of over 8,500 documents and files has been made available via BitTorrent in an encrypted archive. The plan had been to release the password at 9:00am ET today, but when a scheduled online press conference and stream came “under attack” prior to this, the password was released early. Included in the “extraordinary” release are details of the zero day weapons used by the CIA to exploit iPhones, Android phones, Windows, and even Samsung TVs to listen in on people. Routers, Linux, macOS — nothing is safe. WikiLeaks explains how the “CIA’s hacking division” — or the Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI) as it is officially known — has produced thousands of weaponized pieces of malware, Trojans, viruses and other tools. It’s a leak that’s essentially Snowden 2.0.

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