In its news release on the so-called “Vault 7” documents, WikiLeaks describes a specialty CIA unit that develops malware to “infest, control and exfiltrate data” from iPhones as well as from iPads. WikiLeaks describes a “similar unit” for Android devices. The documents stem from 2013-2016.
Kevin McDonald, executive vice president and chief information security officer at Alvaka Networks, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider, said “layering as many security options over the top as you can” is the only reasonable response. And he agreed that vigilance is the key for security professionals.
The case “tells me and anyone who is paying attention, that if you think you’re secure, you’ve got a lesson coming to you,” McDonald said.