Do we need any more reasons not to trust our government, especially the CIA. Well thanks to Wiki Leaks we now have just one more reason not too and it is called Grasshopper
According to the leaked information, Grasshopper framework allows the agency members to easily create custom malware. The Grasshopper framework will automatically put together the components sufficient for attacking a Windows machine, and once the target is selected the framework then puts together an installer that CIA agency members can use to install custom malware on the targets computer.
“The documents WikiLeaks publishes today provide an insights into the process of building modern espionage tools and insights into how the CIA maintains persistence over infected Microsoft Windows computers, providing directions for those seeking to defend their systems to identify any existing compromise,” WikiLeaks said.
Grasshopper allows tools to be installed and run on a machine without detection using PSP avoidance, allowing it to avoid Personal Security Products such as ‘MS Security Essentials’, ‘Rising’, ‘Symantec Endpoint’ or ‘Kaspersky IS’.
A Grasshopper executable contains one or more installers. An installer is a stack of one or more installer components,” reads the manual. “Grasshopper invokes each component of the stack in series to operate on a payload. The ultimate purpose of an installer is to persist a payload.”
CIA’s Grasshopper Uses ‘Stolen’ Russian Malware
Stolen Goods (Version 2) components mechanism were taken from a malware known as Carperb, “a suspected Russian organized crime rootkit,” alleges Wikileaks. Which means they can make it look like the Russians hacked something they actually did not.
The goal of this release is to help users seeking to defend their systems against any existing compromised security systems, Wikileaks stated. While I am sure it will not be easy to defend against this, with the knowledge it is out there steps can be taken to secure ourselves from it.
While we also do not know how the CIA has used the Grasshopper framework, but we do know according to WikiLeaks that the tools were used some time between 2012 and 2015.Other documents Wikileaks has revealed/ released are the “Year Zero” batch which uncovered CIA hacking exploits for popular hardware and software, the “Dark Matter” batch which focused on exploits and hacking techniques the agency designed to target iPhones and Macs, and the third batch called “Marble.”
While this seems like it would make a great Black Mirror episode, I am hopeful Wikileaks will continue to release these documents so we the people can fight or as best as we can fight against our over reaching government.