Dubbed Athena/Hera, the spyware has been designed to take full control over the infected Windows PCs remotely, allowing the agency to perform all sorts of things on the target machine, including deleting data or uploading malicious software, and stealing data and send them to CIA server.
- Primary: Athena for XP to Windows 10
- Secondary: Hera for Windows 8 through Windows 10
However, according to the whistle-blower organization, Athena has the ability to allow the CIA agents to modify its configuration in real time, while the implant is on target “to customize it to an operation.”
“Once installed, the malware provides a beaconing capability (including configuration and task handling), the memory loading/unloading of malicious payloads for specific tasks and the delivery and retrieval of files to/from a specified directory on the target system,”WikiLeaks claims.
Interestingly, one document also suggests that the CIA agents have been advised to make sure that the spyware should not get caught by antivirus software programs, especially Kaspersky AV software.
The co-developers of the software which is developed by the CIA is Siege Technologies, an American cyber security firm that offers offensive cyber war technologies and works in close cooperation with the United States government.
- Archimedes – a man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack tool which is alleged to be created by the CIA to target computers inside a Local Area Network (LAN).
- Scribbles – a piece of software allegedly designed to embed ‘web beacons’ into confidential documents, allowing the spying agency to track insiders and whistle-blowers.
- Grasshopper – reveal a framework which allowed the agency to easily create custom malware for breaking into Microsoft’s Windows and bypassing antivirus protection.
- Marble – revealed the source code of a secret anti-forensic framework, basically an obfuscator or a packer used by the CIA to hide the actual source of its malware.
- Dark Matter – focused on hacking exploits the agency designed to target iPhones and Macs.
- Weeping Angel – spying tool used by the agency to infiltrate smart TV’s, transforming them into covert microphones.
- Year Zero – dumped CIA hacking exploits for popular hardware and software
Felix Onyenobi is a technology enthusiast and loves to write. He is a co-founder at SkyNet Digital Agency. Also a web developer, Penetration tester and ethical hacker.