What the Media Got Wrong About the Latest WikiLeaks Dump

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The floor of the main lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

Last week, Wikileaks released an enormous cache of CIA documents that seemed to reveal the spy agency's sophisticated and scary ability to hack into our phones, computers, televisions, and all manner of internet-enabled devices. The rush of coverage that followed was duly hysterical, falling right in line with Wikileaks' exaggerated analysis of the data.

However, computer security experts found that the documents themselves don't actually tell us anything particularly shocking or revelatory about the CIA's hacking capabilities. Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California Berkeley, talks with Bob and how the media got played by Wikileaks, and how to avoid that trap next time.


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