The CIA’s “Vault 7” leaks were alarming, to say the least. Praised as advanced cyber warfare & cyber security tactics, decried as invasive public surveillance measures - opinions are mixed on the continuing publications of the CIA’s extensive library of hacking tools and activities, first published on Wikileaks in March 2017.
On the leak, the CIA commented, “The American public should be deeply troubled by any WikiLeaks disclosure designed to damage the Intelligence Community’s ability to protect America against terrorists or other adversaries. Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm.”
Julian Assange stated, “Why has the Central Intelligence Agency not acted with speed to come together with Apple, Microsoft, and other manufacturers to defend us all from its own weapons systems? Now, this brings into question the entire concept of cyber warfare, because it is our analysis (stated also by many other experts) that it is impossible to keep effective control of cyber weapons.”
What do you think about each of these statements?