Of all the revelations from WikiLeaks’ CIA data dump this week, one of the most informative has been the intelligence agency’s views on the antivirus software we use to keep our computers and devices safe from hackers.
More than 20 security products are mentioned across the 8,000-plus pages, including some of the world’s largest computer security companies—Avast, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, Microsoft Security Essentials—together with comments from the CIA on how effective five of the firms are at actually protecting people from being spied on.
Many of the companies have been quick to respond to details of how the CIA uses “weaponized” hacking tools to break into phones, computers and televisions, with some offering advice on how to protect yourself from being spied on. Others said more collaboration is needed to protect people from other malicious actors that may try to exploit the vulnerabilities.
“Just like nation-states, bad actors like hackers are also looking to identify and exploit these vulnerabilities, the latest set of leaks actually serves to bring to our attention the very real challenge of securing targeted platforms,” says Vince Steckler, CEO of Czech security firm Avast.
“There is an urgent need for industry collaboration and open platforms between security vendors and mobile operating systems in order to stay ahead in this cat and mouse game.”
So what does the CIA make of the tools we use to protect our online security?
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