The WikiLeaks is always surprising for many but sometimes, the facts they reveal seem to be rather disgusting. We’ve all known CIA for peeking into the private conversations of common people. Even calling it a security measure doesn’t justify this act and WikiLeaks has proved what we all had at some point in our brains. The latest leaks suggest that CIA uses a hacking tool named as “HighRise” to intercept the text messages of Android devices from all over the world.
Vault 7 Saga
The latest leaks codenamed as Vault 7 saga, has uncovered many of the interesting facts which can be disturbing for many. Earlier, we came to know about the interception of Windows and Linux based-systems by CIA and the latest news is more terrifying. A great percentage of world smartphone users is using Android platform and peeking into the SMS Messages of people is totally unjustified.
The HighRise basically acts as a malware by penetrating into your Android device and gaining the access to your personal conversations. WikiLeaks has explained the matter in following words:
It provides a redirector function for SMS messaging that could be used by a number of IOC tools that use SMS messages for communication between implants and listening posts. HighRise acts as an SMS proxy that provides greater separation between devices in the field (‘targets’) and the listening post (LP) by proxying ‘incoming’ and ‘outgoing’ SMS messages to an internet LP.
App Based on HighRise
The HighRise malware was spread using an app named ‘TideCheck’ to gain access to the messages in Android devices. Also, CIA miserably misused the religious terms for this malware where they set its password to be “inshAllah,” which means “God willing” in Arabic. Once this app penetrates into your device, the agent manually launches it with a password requested at first boot.