The Latest: Google says Android, Chrome security flaws fixed
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the publication by WikiLeaks of what it described as thousands of pages of confidential files about CIA hacking activities (all times ET):
Google believes it has already protected people using Android-powered phones and its Chrome operating system from many of the security weaknesses disclosed by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.
The reassurance given Wednesday came about 36 hours after WikiLeaks released thousands of documents that it claims show a broad program by the CIA to turn everyday gadgets such as iPhones into snooping tools by exploiting previously undisclosed software flaws.
Apple had previously said it fixed many of the problems that made iPhones and iPads vulnerable.
The Android software, which Google gives away to device makers, powers about eight out of every smartphones in the world.
Google said it is still analyzing the documents released by WikiLeaks and will take any other additional security steps.
The CIA says Americans should be “deeply troubled” by WikiLeaks’ disclosure of thousands of intelligence documents that purportedly detail ways the agency does its hacking.
In a statement Wednesday, the CIA didn’t confirm its files were stolen. CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak says the agency will not comment on the authenticity of the documents released or on the status of any investigation into the source of the documents.
The agency says such disclosures not only jeopardize U.S. personnel and operations, but also equip American adversaries with tools and information to damage U.S. national security.
Intelligence and law enforcement officials are still reviewing the cache of more than 8,000 documents released.
The White House says there’s a big difference between the leaking of classified information and the hacking of the email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of documents that it claims show a broad program by the CIA to turn iPhones and other gadgets into surveillance tools.
Spicer says there’s a “massive, massive difference” between leaking classified material and the hacking of the email account of John Podesta, a top Clinton adviser during the campaign.
Trump said during his fall campaign, “I love WikiLeaks,” and often praised the release of emails by WikiLeaks involving Clinton and her team.
Apple says many of the security vulnerabilities disclosed by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks were fixed weeks ago.
On Tuesday, WikiLeaks released thousands of documents that it claims show a broad program by the CIA to turn everyday gadgets such as iPhones into snooping tools by exploiting previously undisclosed software flaws.
Apple says its initial analysis shows that its latest version of the iOS system software for iPhones and iPads fixes many of those flaws. That version came out in January, well before the latest WikiLeaks release.
Apple says it will “continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities.”
Apple is encouraging its users to download the latest version of iOS for the most recent security updates.
Google hasn’t commented yet on similar vulnerabilities with its Android system.