#Vault7: WikiLeaks reveals ‘Marble’ tool could mask CIA hacks with Russian, Chinese, Arabic

#Vault7: WikiLeaks reveals ‘Marble’ tool could mask CIA hacks with Russian, Chinese, Arabic

Published time: 31 Mar, 2017 10:14

WikiLeaks’ latest batch of documents, named ‘Marble’, details CIA hacking tactics and how they can hamper forensic investigators from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the spy agency . The tool was in use as recently as 2016.

The third release, which contains 676 source code files for the agency’s secret anti-forensics framework, is part of the CIA’s Core Library of malware, according to a statement from WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks said Marble hides fragments of texts that would allow for the author of the malware to be identified. WikiLeaks stated the technique is the digital equivalent of a specialized CIA tool which disguises English language text on US produced weapons systems before they are provided to insurgents.

It’s “designed to allow for flexible and easy-to-use obfuscation” as “string obfuscation algorithms” often link malware to a specific developer, according to the whistleblowing site.

The source code released reveals Marble contains test examples in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi.

“This would permit a forensic attribution double game, for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese, but then showing attempts to conceal the use of Chinese, drawing forensic investigators even more strongly to the wrong conclusion,” WikiLeaks explains, “But there are other possibilities, such as hiding fake error messages.”

The code also contains a ‘deobfuscator’ which allows the CIA text obfuscation to be reversed. “Combined with the revealed obfuscation techniques, a pattern or signature emerges which can assist forensic investigators attribute previous hacking attacks and viruses to the CIA.”

Previous Vault7 releases have referred to the CIA’s ability to mask its hacking fingerprints.

WikiLeaks claims the latest release will allow for thousands of viruses and hacking attacks to be attributed to the CIA.

Now comes the fun stuff

“This framework is intended to help us [AED Applied Engineering Division] to improve upon our current process for string/data obfuscation in our tools,” a CIA Marble Framework page explains.

“The framework allows for obfuscation to be chosen randomly from a pool of techniques. These techniques can be filtered based upon the project needs. If desired, a user may also, select a specific technique to use for obfuscation.”

A receipt file is generated which identifies which algorithm was used along with the strings or data that was obfuscated.

Under “Coding with the Marble Framework,” the page breaks down how to code with Marble. “Now comes the fun stuff,” it reads.

Featured in the coding examples are instructions on how to “add foreign languages” algorithms.

One comment

  • uhm

    It’s time now for all hacked nations and organizations to use reverse this software so they can now view who really hacked their systems. It’s now time for the Central Intelligence Agency to be completely taken down once and for all. Notice the timing just as sneaky devil General Flynn is gearing up to lie for the Deep State enemy against Donald Trump. Is this release a counter attack to Flynn’s new devious actions?

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