A report from earlier this week detailed that the CIA has dedicated hacking teams to hack into Android, iOS, and other popular consumer devices and their OS. The 8,000+ leaked documents from WikiLeaks detailed the various exploits that the team used to bypass the security measures of Android and Chrome.
Now, Google’s Director of Information Security and Privacy, Heather Adkins, has issued a statement saying that both Chrome and Android are already secure from “many” of the vulnerabilities detailed in the leaked documents. He further adds that Google is still analysing the leaked documents and it will take the necessary steps to further secure its products and services.
His official statement is as follows:
“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. 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.”
It remains to be known how many exploits in Android and Chrome still remain unpatched, and how CIA used the exploits to its advantage to snoop on people. Nonetheless, it is assuring to see Google’s security director issue a statement on the leaks and their status.[Via Re/code]