WikiLeaks: We’ll help companies defend against CIA hacking

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Thursday that his group will help tech giants like Apple and Google protect their devices against the CIA’s hacking tools — a move that could also enable cybercriminals or terrorists to avoid legitimate surveillance.

Speaking two days after releasing a trove of documents that it said revealed the CIA’s tools for hacking into phones, computers and smart TVs, Assange said WikiLeaks would share more such data with the firms to alert them to security risks in their products.

“We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out,” he said in an online news conference from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he is holed up.

The CIA slammed Assange for impeding anti-terror efforts.

“Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries,” said spokesman Fritz Horniak.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer noted Assange had “compromised and undermined our national security” before and said President Trump had “grave concern” about the hacking.

Rob Wainwright, chief of the EU’s Europol law-enforcement agency, said the breach provided “a handy how-to-do hacking manual” to nefarious actors.

“There is a potential here for a much more widespread impact in the way that it might fuel an increase in cybercriminal activity,” he said.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) accused Assange of Kremlin ties.

“Julian Assange should spend the rest of his life wearing an orange jumpsuit. He’s an enemy of the American people and an ally to Vladimir Putin,” Sasse said.

Microsoft and Cisco said they are open to learning of vulnerabilities. Google, Apple, Samsung and the Chinese firm Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment