WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s offered to help Silicon Valley technology companies patch the bugs outlined in leaked CIA files but so far, they have politely declined the offer, reports Olivia Solon. The security community remains highly skeptical of Assange’s independence and wary of his motives.
“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,” Assange said in a news conference streamed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Meanwhile, Ryan Kalember, SVP of Cybersecurity Strategy at Proofpoint, dismissed Assange’s assessment of the CIA files dump, nicknamed “Vault 7,” saying that there was “nothing earth-shattering,” in the WikiLeaks reveal, adding that many of the operating systems mentioned were quite old and had already been updated.
“Everything they have done over the last few months suggests they are operating as a front for a different leaker [Russia],” Kalember told The Guardian.
More than a few researchers are skeptical of the whistleblowing organization’s motives, noting obvious ties to Russian intelligence agencies, despite Assange’s denial.