Monday, May 22, 2017
CIA documents concerning malware designed for Windows computers were published online Friday as part of WikiLeaks latest “Vault 7” dump.
The malware, known as “Athena,” targets Microsoft operating systems from 2001’s Windows XP to the company’s current Windows 10 release.
Dates on the documents, which range from September 2015 to February 2016, reveal the CIA’s ability to hack Windows 10 only months after it became available to the public.
Athena, which provides remote beacon and loader capabilities on victim machines, was co-developed by the CIA and New Hampshire-based cyber security company Siege Technologies.
“Once installed, the malware provides a beaconing capability (including configuration and task handling), the memory loading/unloading of malicious payloads for specific tasks and the delivery and retrieval of files to/from a specified directory on the target system,” WikiLeaks notes. “It allows the operator to configure settings during runtime (while the implant is on target) to customize it to an operation.”
According to Bleeping Computer’s Catalin Cimpanu, Athena is relatively underwhelming when compared to other malware used and developed by the agency.
Credit to infowars.com