#Vault7 “Athena”: CIA’s Anti-Windows Malware “Better Than Bombing Things”

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The latest in WikiLeaks’ series of #Vault7 leaks was released Friday detailing malware that provides remote beacon and loader capabilities on target computers using several Microsoft Windows operating systems.

‘Athena’ is the latest codename for the release which consists of five documents.

In the user guide, the operating systems which can be targeted are: Windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit, Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 8.1 32-bit/64-bit, Windows 2008 Enterprise Server, Windows 2012 Server, and Windows 10.

Once installed on a target computer, Athena will use a listening post to receive beacons from the operator, allowing it to signal and trigger additional malware payloads undetected on the target computer.

Athena “hijacks” the DNSCACHE, a temporary database maintained by the operating system to record internet traffic on the computer, to hide its presence, according to a document contained in the leak.

The command module for Athena will only load during a signal, before being destroyed when completed.

The CIA cooperated with the private cybersecurity firm Siege Technologies to develop the Athena malware.

“I feel more comfortable working on electronic warfare… It’s a little different than bombs and nuclear weapons — that’s a morally complex field to be in. Now instead of bombing things and having collateral damage, you can really reduce civilian casualties, which is a win for everybody,” Jason Syversen, the founder of Siege Technologies, wrote in an email.

The release is the latest in WikiLeaks series of leaks, allegedly from the CIA, known as #Vault7. Previous releases showed hacking techniques used to weaponize mobile phones, conduct surveillance via Smart TVs and load and execute malware on a target machine.

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  • Mike

    so basically if they put this program on your computer they can then load any type of software or any type of file or files to your computer thus setting you up for a fall when they need a scapegoat. So innocent people can be very easily set up by all government ABC agencies and this is proof of just that.

    • Time Will Tell

      To win the hearts and minds your pc or mac will have child porn on it thanks to the CIA when they raid your location… Makes you wonder how many times they have used this in the past …

      • Mike

        I would say 1000s.

        • Time Will Tell

          It makes my blood boil just thinking about it. It could happen to anybody. no one will believe you when you deny it. Time to walk away from the keyboard. I can feel my blood pressure going up again.

          • Mike

            same here dude.

      • yup exactly. I’ve been saying for years that’s how the war on patriots is/will go…. kick the door in at 4am, arrest everyone, tell the media you’re a pedo or drug dealer, haul you away to the applause of the sheep.

    • “so basically if they put this program on your computer they can then load any type of software or any type of file or files to your computer….”
      Sounds like Windows Update 😉

      • Mike

        lol ikr.

  • slowjoe

    so all those people waiting for surgery and chemotherapy were not harmed by the wannacry virus???

  • TrevorD

    “electronic warfare”
    Well now we know the real reason why `THEY` allowed us Sheeple/Goyim computers and internet. Was too good to be true I guess..

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Does this remind anyone else of the Kirk/Spock-era Star Trek about the planet w/ a computerized war? If one’s neighborhood took a cyber ”hit w/ fatalities”, one was required to turn oneself in at the local vaporization chamber for the requisite Meeting of one’s Maker…..Athena looks like it could be it’s great-grandmother, or something. This doesn’t bode well for my steadfast rejection (up to now, ennyhoo) of Roddenberry playing the Predictive Programming cards too…..

  • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

    The answer is simple … Cease using corporate OS’s which are committed to serving those criminals posing as a government of “The People By The People” … Switch to LINUX.