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Google Has Something To Say About The WikiLeaks Disclosure

Roxanne Powell

Updated 03/9/2017 6:58pm

The latest news from WikiLeaks is that any device with a camera can be used as a CIA spy device. Phones, tablets, televisions, even wireless baby monitors. But, just like Apple has been saying, if we update our devices regularly, we "should be safe." Google is the latest in a series of tech companies to "weigh in" on the statement in an attempt to put us all at ease.

According to NDTV, WikiLeaks released what is known as a Vault 7 dump, "alleging" that CIA opperatives are using "unethical hacking techniques" to disguise themselves as hackers from other countries in order to gain access to our most used devices.

But both Google and Apple say we should be okay, so what do we have to worry about?

"As we’ve reviewed the documents, we're confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities," Heather Adkins, director of information security and privacy, said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY. "Our analysis is ongoing and we will implement any further necessary protections. We've always made security a top priority and we continue to invest in our defenses."

But the public is not so easily subdued. Google, Apple, Samsung, and other tech titans "are facing hard questions" ever since documents have surfaced claiming the CIA can use even our most mundane devices as "covert microphones." Even though we rarely go anywhere without our phones or computers, the thought that they could be used as a spy device is chilling--and we're just getting out of winter.

Monday saw Microsoft and WhatsApp "looking into the matter." WhatsApp is a popular communication app owned by Facebook that lets users call and text for free as long as you both use the app. 

Tuesday and Wednesday found Apple and Samsung, respectively, stepping up to share their own analysis of the WikiLeaks reveal.

Apple claims their analysis "indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS (but) we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities."

"Protecting consumers’ privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority at Samsung," Samsung said. "We are aware of the report in question and are urgently looking into the matter."

As much as we want to believe our beloved phone and app companies, we're still going to take our own steps to protect our privacy.

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