Monday, July 15, 2024

Ex CIA Programmer Convicted of Leaking ‘Vault 7’ Hacking Tools to WikiLeaks

It has been found that Joshua Schulte, a former programmer for the United States Central Security Agency (CIA), is guilty of leaking top secrets to WikiLeaks by leaking Vault 7.

Hacking tools and exploits can be found in vault 7 as part of this collection of classified information. In the history of the CIA, this theft has been deemed to be one of the largest thefts ever perpetrated.

At the retrial held in New York City, the convict, Joshua Schulte, decided to defend himself. A trove of CIA secrets was leaked by WikiLeaks in 2017 and Joshua claims the CIA and FBI used him as a scapegoat.

Vault 7 Leak

There have been some recent revelations regarding the CIA’s Apple and Android smartphone hacks to spy on foreign citizens. In addition to that, there are also attempts being made to turn internet-connected TVs into listening devices as well. 

At the agency’s Langley headquarter in Virginia, Schulte worked as a coder before he was arrested and he was responsible for creating the hacking tools.

The documents that were published by WikiLeaks on March 7, 2017, were criticized by many for being the largest publication of private documents of the CIA ever published.

The OSB of an elite hacker group is believed to have developed 91 tools that were compromised as a result of this breach. 

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams stated:-

“There is nothing more brazen or damaging than Joshua Schulte’s horrific crime of espionage which left millions of Americans devastated.”


Since Schulte is still awaiting trial for charges related to the governance and conveyance of child pornography, a court date was not immediately set. As a result of his plea of not guilty, he has been released from custody.

The CIA’s tools could be rendered completely useless as a result of the leak, which Schulte knew well in advance. A brief summary of what this will mean is that the US Intelligence community will suffer a devastating blow as a result of it.

Prior to his trial, Schulte has been incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center, where he has been residing since his arrest. In the year 2018, Schulte was detained without bail and has since been held in prison.

He continued his crimes while incarcerated awaiting trial by leaking further classified information as he waited for a trial to be held. During this period, he waged a war against the government through an “information war.”

You can follow us on LinkedinTwitterFacebook for daily Cybersecurity and hacking news updates.


Latest articles

Critical Cellopoint Secure Email Gateway Flaw Let Attackers Execute Arbitrary Code

A critical vulnerability has been discovered in the Cellopoint Secure Email Gateway, identified as...

Singapore Banks to Phase out OTPs for Bank Account Logins Within 3 Months

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS)...

GuardZoo Android Malware Attacking military personnel via WhatsApp To Steal Sensitive Data

A Houthi-aligned group has been deploying Android surveillanceware called GuardZoo since October 2019 to...

ViperSoftX Weaponizing AutoIt & CLR For Stealthy PowerShell Execution

ViperSoftX is an advanced malware that has become more complicated since its recognition in...

Malicious NuGet Campaign Tricking Developers To Inject Malicious Code

Hackers often target NuGet as it's a popular package manager for .NET, which developers...

Akira Ransomware Attacking Airline Industry With Legitimate Tools

Airlines often become the target of hackers as they contain sensitive personal and financial...

DarkGate Malware Exploiting Excel Files And SMB File Shares

DarkGate, a Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform, experienced a surge in activity since September 2023, employing...
Guru baran
Guru baran
Gurubaran is a co-founder of Cyber Security News and GBHackers On Security. He has 10+ years of experience as a Security Consultant, Editor, and Analyst in cybersecurity, technology, and communications.

Free Webinar

Low Rate DDoS Attack

9 of 10 sites on the AppTrana network have faced a DDoS attack in the last 30 days.
Some DDoS attacks could readily be blocked by rate-limiting, IP reputation checks and other basic mitigation methods.
More than 50% of the DDoS attacks are employing botnets to send slow DDoS attacks where millions of IPs are being employed to send one or two requests per minute..
Key takeaways include:

  • The mechanics of a low-DDoS attack
  • Fundamentals of behavioural AI and rate-limiting
  • Surgical mitigation actions to minimize false positives
  • Role of managed services in DDoS monitoring

Related Articles