WikiLeaks releases more alleged CIA material.
WikiLeaks has released another tranche of alleged CIA material, said to be from the "Hive" collection WikiLeaks began publishing in April. The leakers say the files demonstrate that Langley deploys significant false-flag capability, specifically the ability to masquerade as companies using bogus certificates that accompany CIA implants. It is surely no accident (as Pravda used to say) that the three examples of such impersonation in the material WikiLeaks issued all involve pretending to be Kaspersky, using fake certificates pretending to be from Thawte Premium Server CA, a certificate authority based in Cape Town (Macedonia Online).
WikiLeaks had called its earlier cache of CIA material "Vault 7." This is Vault 8, and it differs from Vault 7 in that it includes source code. Vault 7 had contained mostly manuals and presentations allegedly related to CIA cyber operations. Vault 8 is different, resembling the ShadowBrokers' release of alleged Equation Group code. While the Hive seems not to present an immediate risk to Internet users, it could be used to establish an infrastructure for the delivery of damaging attacks. Observers think this would present problems even if the contents of Vault 8 turn out to be nothing more than the code alluded to in Vault 7 (Bleeping Computer).
The answer to the question of who benefits from the Vault 8 leaks seems obvious: Russia does, especially given the way the false-flag aspects of the alleged CIA code would seem to exculpate Kaspersky.