CIA tracks users' location by intercepting Wi-Fi2017-06-29 13:31 by Daniela
Tags: Wi-Fi, CIA, ELSA
WikiLeaks has published the next release in their CIA Vault 7 series, revealing details on a geolocation tracking project named ELSA. According to the documents, ELSA malware is used by US intelligence services to collect geolocation data from WiFi-enabled devices.
The agency infects target devices with the malware that can then check which public Wi-Fi networks a given computer can connect to at a given moment, as well as the signal strengths of those networks.
Then the malware automatically attempts to use public geo-location databases from tech companies such as Google or Microsoft to resolve the position of the device and records the longitude and latitude data along with the timestamp. This information is then stored on the device in an encrypted format to be later be transferred to another device. This encrypted information is not transferred wirelessly. Instead, a CIA operator must gain access to the device using other CIA exploits in order to transfer and gain access to the encrypted information.
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