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MARCH 10, 2017
CNN loves to shake the bushes on any possible Trump administration mistake. The following has happened under the former President Obama's watch. A day after WikiLeaks released what it alleged to be the “entire hacking capacity of the CIA,” the focus Wednesday began shifting to just who gave the stunning surveillance information to the anti-secrecy website.
The contractor told Fox News that CCI has long maintained an internal database of information -- accessible to anyone with proper credentials or security clearance -- that seemed to be dumped in total to WikiLeaks. In its news release on the disclosure, WikiLeaks said CCI had more than 5,000 registered users, a number alternatively referred to as “absurd” and “a bit high” by security experts who spoke to Fox News. The CIA declined comment to Fox News.
The FBI opened a federal criminal investigation into the WikiLeaks disclosure on Wednesday, Fox News confirmed. As the probe gets underway, experts said there’s a typical incident response playbook they would use to narrow down the massive pool of suspects. Alex Yampolskiy, the CEO of SecurityScorecard, said analysts would likely target the most sensitive documents that were revealed during their forensic work, as only those with a higher security clearance would have had access to them – again, shrinking the group of suspects. Once a core group is established, investigators would institute behavioral profiling.
Regardless of the results of the inquiry, Brian
Vecci, a technological evangelist for cybersecurity company Varonis, said
the secret trove revealed by WikiLeaks illustrates the pervasive issue
of another “major data breach of a major government organization tasked