WikiLeaks has released the latest Vault 7 batch of CIA hacking
exploits. ‘ELSA’ is malware used to track WiFi-enabled devices running
Microsoft Windows, allowing the CIA to gather location data on a
target’s device and monitor their patterns and habits.
ELSA tracks the geolocation of wifi-enabled devices, providing the CIA with a target’s “pattern of life,” by recording details about wifi access points near the target machine.
malware allows the CIA to track a target’s location even when they’re
not connected to the internet. All that’s needed is for the device to be
wifi-enabled and in an area where wifi access points are in range.
Using wifi for geolocation means GPS isn’t required.
#WikiLeaks release 'Elsa', latest in #Vault7 series, detailing geolocation of computers via WiFi access points https://t.co/4dlUmAwNy7pic.twitter.com/xipVZ1XZdy
— Colm McGlinchey (@ColmMcGlinchey) June 28, 2017