Vault 7: CIA Co-Developed Athena Malware with US Cyber-Security Company

May 19th 2017  By Catalin Cimpanu


Every Friday, WikiLeaks has established a tradition of leaking new documents in the Vault 7 series — which details some of the CIA’s hacking tools. Today, the organization leaked documentation about a tool called Athena.


According to leaked documents, which WikiLeaks previously claimed it received from hackers and CIA insiders, Athena is an implant — a CIA technical term for “malware” — that can target and infect any Windows system, from Windows XP to Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest OS version.


Documents leaked today are dated between September 2015 and February 2016, showing that the CIA had the ability to hack Windows 10 months after its launch, despite Microsoft boasting about how hard it would be to hack its new OS.


                       Athena modus operandi


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