Wikileaks has announced that it is ready to offer a trove of CIA hacking tools to tech companies in a bid of what the founder says is to help secure people online.
According to the founder of the website, Julian Assange, Wikileaks is now offering computer programs and other hacking tools that it says the CIA has been using the secretly hack into phones and computer systems.
It has been further reported that the company seeks to release the highly secretive tools to commercial companies to help the commercial companies patch some of the most severe security vulnerabilities that exist in their systems.
The company has released detailed documents in which it describes some of the most common security problems that are found in the products of leading tech companies such as Google, Microsoft and Samsung, among others.
It has been further reported that Wikileaks believes that the hacking tools can be effectively used to address the vulnerabilities in the various products of leading tech companies in the world.
According to Assange, Wikileaks has been receiving calls from tech companies for regarding the need to develop solutions to the current security problems that the companies are facing.
‘We have been receiving calls from different manufacturers, asking us to work with them and help solve some of the most complicated problems that they are facing,’ he said in a brief speech.
However, the CIA has responded by branding Assange a liar and an untrustworthy person.
The CIA spokesperson, Jonathan Liu, has said that Julian Assange cannot be trusted as a bastion of the truth as he likes to present himself.
The CIA and other law enforcement agencies have been working hard to silence Assange and Wikileaks.
Currently, Assange is hiding at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Law enforcement agencies in the US and Sweden have claimed that Assange is escaping from rape charges. Assange has categorically denied the charges.
Interestingly, tech companies have been cautious in their reaction to the offer. Microsoft has said in a statement that it welcomes any form of contribution to the improvement of the security of its products but that such contribution should follow the normal communication channels.
The company has a special email address, firstname.lastname@example.org that it uses for collecting new security-related information.
Other companies like Google and Samsung are yet to comment on the recent offer by Assange.