WikiLeaks Unloads CIA ‘Dumbo’ Vault 7 Tool For Hijacking Webcams
Called Dumbo, the tool was not developed for spying on targets but to corrupt recordings from webcams and microphones where the deployment a special group within the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence could be compromised. It essentially allows an agent to cover his or her tracks. One of the documents related to Dumbo that is dated June 25, 2012, reveals that agents requested Dumbo's capabilities to "deter home security systems that may identify officers or prevent operations."
There are some limitations to the tool. Dumbo requires physical access to a PC. It only works with 32-bit versions of Windows XP and later, and not 64-bit builds, or at least that was the case as of version 3.0 released in 2015. It is not clear if the program has been updated since then to support 64-bit builds or other OSes.
"All processes related to the detected devices (usually recording, monitoring or detection of video/audio/network streams) are also identified and can be stopped by the operator. By deleting or manipulating recordings the operator is aided in creating fake or destroying actual evidence of the intrusion operation," WikiLeaks explains.
This is not likely to be the last set of documents from Vault 7 that WikiLeaks releases to the public. The entire collection consists of thousands of documents outlining various tools used by the CIA, including hacks for Linux and macOS, and intercepting SMS text messages.