WikiLeaks Issue: Is U.S. Protecting Our Cybersecurity?

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WikiLeaks’ release of a massive cache of data describing CIA hacking tools has renewed a debate over how well the U.S. government balances the protection of Americans’ cybersecurity against the need to protect national security, reports the Washington Post. Some of the tools, WikiLeaks says, are based on “zero-day” flaws — or previously unknown software bugs — for targeting iPhone and Android devices. “At a time of increasingly damaging hacking by cybercriminals and governments, it’s essential that U.S. agencies not undermine the security of our digital systems,” said Ben Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. “These documents, which appear to be authentic, show that the intelligence community has deliberately maintained vulnerabilities in the most common devices used by hundreds of millions of people.” He added, “Patching security holes immediately, not stockpiling them, is the best way to make everyone’s digital life safer.”

 

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