Wikileaks Releases "NightSkies 1.2": Proof CIA Bugs "Factory Fresh" iPhones

Tyler Durden's picture

The latest leaks from WikiLeaks' Vault 7 is titled “Dark Matter” and claims that the CIA has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008 through suppliers.  The full documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT “press briefing” that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter.

Here is a live stream of the pending press briefing with Julian Assange:

And here is the full press release from WikiLeaks:

Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain 'persistence' on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.


Among others, these documents reveal the "Sonic Screwdriver" project which, as explained by the CIA, is a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting" allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.


"DarkSeaSkies" is "an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer" and consists of "DarkMatter", "SeaPea" and "NightSkies", respectively EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants.


Documents on the "Triton" MacOSX malware, its infector "Dark Mallet" and its EFI-persistent version "DerStake" are also included in this release. While the DerStake1.4 manual released today dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents show that as of 2016 the CIA continues to rely on and update these systems and is working on the production of DerStarke2.0.


Also included in this release is the manual for the CIA's "NightSkies 1.2" a "beacon/loader/implant tool" for the Apple iPhone. Noteworthy is that NightSkies had reached 1.2 by 2008, and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.


While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization's supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise.

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UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

"The beginning of our tripartite system of government is the Constitution, ordained and established by the People September 17, 1787, and implemented March 4, 1789, where Articles I, II, and III thereof establish, respectively, the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.

The beginning of the authority for any elected official or officer of the United States to exercise the legislative, executive, or judicial power of the United States is Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution, which provides:

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

The beginning of all congressional legislation is Section 1 of Statute I, Chapter I, “An Act to regulate the Time and Manner of administering certain Oaths,” 1 Stat. 23, June 1, 1789, which provides the oath of office for the president of the Senate and all members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States; to wit (Underline emphasis added):

“Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and [House of] [sic] Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That the oath or affirmation required by the sixth article of the Constitution of the United States, shall be administered in the form following, to wit : ‘I, A.B., do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.’ The said oath or affirmation shall be administered within three days of the passing of this act . . .”

The beginning of authority for executive and judicial officers of the United States to exercise the executive or judicial power of the United States is Section 4 of the Act of June 1, 1789, 1 Stat. 24; which provides (Underline emphasis added):

“Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all officers appointed, or hereafter to be appointed under the authority of the United States, shall, before they act in their respective offices, take the same oath or affirmation [as provided in Section 1], which shall be administered by the person or persons who shall be authorized by law to administer to such officers their respective oaths of office ; and such officers shall incur the same penalties, in case of failure, as shall be imposed by law in case of failure in taking their respective oaths of office.

Seminal act of congressional treason to the Constitution and American People

“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the servant of the lender.” Proverbs 22:7.

Congress always has had other loyalties, bought and paid for by the highest bidder—in 1789 the Rothschild-run private Bank of England, world’s first state-sanctioned fractional-reserve “lender”[2] and future parent bank[3] of today’s Rothschild-run[4] private Federal Reserve,[5] sole “lender” (creditor) to today’s financially insatiable “borrower,” Congress.

Notwithstanding the clarity of Sections 1 and 4 of the Act of June 1, 1789, supra, as to the oath of office to be taken by all executive and judicial “officers appointed, or hereafter to be appointed under the authority of the United States,” supra, 1 Stat. 24, Congress 12 weeks later in “An Act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States,” Ch. 20, 1 Stat. 73, September 24, 1789 (the “Judiciary Act”), repudiate the provisions of Section 4 of the Act of June 1, 1789, at 76 in Section 8 thereof and create a special oath or affirmation exclusively for judicial officers of the United States; to wit (Underline emphasis added):

“Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the justices of the Supreme Court, and the district judges, before they proceed to execute the duties of their respective offices, shall take the following oath or affirmation, to wit : ‘I, A.B., do solemnly swear or affirm, that I will administer justice without respect to persons, a do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as                        , according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

The above oath, taken by the original Supreme Court justices and district judges differs materially from the oath mandated at Section 1 of the Act of June 1, 1789, 1 Stat. 23, supra, and taken by the president of the Senate (vice president of the United States) and every member of the Senate and House of Representatives, in that it contains a religious test; to wit: “So help me God.”

Irrespective of how noble or virtuous said organic oath or affirmation for judicial officers may seem, said oath or affirmation and the ordinary act of Congress providing it are repugnant to Article VI, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, as such species of oath or affirmation is expressly prohibited by the provisions of said article and clause, supra, and therefore, for purposes of accession to “The judicial Power of the United States,” Constitution, Art. III, § 1, void; to wit:

“It is a proposition too plain to be contested, that the constitution controls any legislative act repugnant to it . . .

“. . . Certainly all those who have framed written constitutions contemplate them as forming the fundamental and paramount law of the nation, and consequently the theory of every such government must be, that an act of the legislature repugnant to the constitution is void.

“. . . If then the courts are to regard the constitution; and he [sic] constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the legislature; the constitution, and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply.” Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 177-178 (1803).

Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution tells us that “The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”

The religious test required as a qualification to the office of justice of the Supreme Court or district judge in the oath or affirmation at Section 8 of the Judiciary Act taken by every such judicial officer means that no such justice or judge is authorized to exercise “The judicial Power of the United States,” Constitution, Art. III, § 1, anywhere within the Union for failure to have taken an oath or affirmation that conforms to the provisions of Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution.

Every oath or affirmation taken by every justice or judge of the United States since September 24, 1789, requires a religious test as a qualification to the office of justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, circuit judge of the United States, United States district judge, or United States magistrate judge, the most modern of which is 28 U.S.C. § 453 Oath of justices and judges of the United States, December 1, 1990, 104 Stat. 5124, which provides (Underline emphasis added.):

“Each justice or judge of the United States shall take the following oath or affirmation before performing the duties of his office: ‘I, ___ ___, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as ___ under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.’”

Whereas, any oath or affirmation that has a religious test as a qualification to any judicial office under the United States operates as an automatic bar to accession to authority to exercise “The judicial Power of the United States,” Constitution, Art. III, § 1, there has never been a justice or judge of the United States in the history of the Republic authorized to exercise “The judicial Power of the United States,” id., for universal failure to take an oath or affirmation that conforms to the provisions of Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution.[6]

No judge of the United States has taken an oath or affirmation that conforms to Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution and no such judge has any business sitting on the bench of any United States district court anywhere in the Union—and each and every judge who does is a rogue judge."  -  The Great Mystery Solved

TeethVillage88s's picture

"...Going only cash or metals..."

I used to think GBP, CHF, or USD were best, but then all currencies can go into a currency war. I guess if you live in the USA, then USD is probably good for domestic goods.

US Constitution, 3rd Amendment, No Quartering of the Paramilitary Agencies or Military in our Home, nor spying on our kids computers or GPD... All devices are in our homes at some point and can't be allowed design or software flaws. Pedophilia & Human Trafficking are against federal and local laws after all.

- Stasi Secret Police
- Soviet Russia (USSR)
- Maoist China
- Star Chamber, FISA Courts
- We know about the Secret Police and the Terror it causes
- We only have to look at the 2016 Presidential Election

shadow54's picture

I guess one lesson is do not buy a laptop or phone by mail order.

I use an android large phone, but hate smart phones and android because there is no security. Apps are all spyware, too. Phone apps are all poorly written and buggy. I made one once with automated software, meaning the bugs might already be built in when the developer makes the app.

At least with windows 10 you can tweak the security settings, run a quality antivrus and use TOR or else security plugins on your web browsers.

I use a phone mostly for calls and only as for a web browser when nothing else is available. Everything I can do in the phone's browser I do in it rather than use apps, which are all spyware.

When I used a free antivirus for my laptop,  I returned to it one afternoon and found someone opening files via remote access.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Air gap your files on another device. Make dulicates and triplets.

Bohemond's picture

So what ? All recent Intel and AMD motherboards have backdoor firmware installed. Full network capability, key logging, the whole raft of evil stuff. Hard as heck to defeat.

Common_Law's picture

You know how they have full authority to spy on foreign communication, well...

"The United States government is a foreign corporation with respect to a state." [citing In re Merriam's Estate, 36 N.E. 505, 141 N.Y. 479, affirmed U.S. v. Perkins, 16 S.Ct. 1073, 163 U.S. 625, 41 L.Ed 287] [19 C.J.S. 883]

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turnball the banker (not verified) Mar 23, 2017 4:47 PM

This drip feeding by wiki is bullshit.The rate they are going will be years before they release all of vault7.And if you say it is for maximum exposure you are full of shit because this shit aint getting much.

Kefeer's picture

You sound like a commie comrade.

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Kefeer Mar 23, 2017 5:14 PM

You sound Hasbara oy vey

gilhgvc's picture

I agree people are too jaded these days

slicktroutman's picture

I disagree completely, more people need to be more jaded to correct this out of control problem. They need to get ther fast because it may be too late already.

Barney Fife's picture

Their approach is an intelligent one. Your approach is hasty based on impatience. 

The drip approach gives people time to digest morsels of the insanity without being overwhelmed. Otherwise most folks would just shut down like they did for 911. 

Also, it keeps the issue in the spotlight so that it cannot be swept under the rug with a well played controlled narrative. You can do the controlled narrative once, or even a few times, but applying it to the same topic that is leaking out again and again invariably produces incongruencies and THAT is very powerful in breaking the spell that the state media has on the serfs. 

You are being impatient and now is NOT the time to be that way. 

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Barney Fife Mar 23, 2017 5:20 PM

Yeah I thought that way once but the juicy shit needs to get out there now not years down the line,maybe I am an impatient sob

SpinDrift's picture

What's that saying about frogs and boiling water again?   Dump it all - or don't - probaby doesn't matter.   47 hard drives, 600,000,000 MILLION FUCKING DOCUMENTS!   What's next?  A BILLION DOCUMENTS all showing that we are totally and complete FUCKING OWNED by the deep state cunts?    Has the CIA been shut the fuck down?  Nope...  NSA?  Nope.    Oh...Obummer still in the news...clickbait for the red meat crowd - "we promise blood in the water - tune in at 11, next week!"

Will a BILLION documents finally be enough?   Truth is, Assange/Snowden both know deep down that the most scary thing of all is that everything will be released and NOTHING will happen - nothing will change - and then what?   

Kefeer's picture

Where is the iPhone made?  China and therefore the Chi-cons are involved. 

Communism 2.0.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

It's one big club, and you ain't in it!

sinbad2's picture

The Chinese would simple install pre flashed chips into the phone.

They don't have teenagers installing software anymore.

gilhgvc's picture

I really hope there is an end game here for assange...cause so far, NONE of this is making a dent. People are still blind...we need RED MEAT Julian. Someone needs to get a message to him to stop playing games and drop some REAL bombs..Ones that can't get ignored

innertrader's picture

I TRULY BELIEVE that JULIAN ASSANGE is absolutely doing his part!!!  What about you?



turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) innertrader Mar 23, 2017 5:17 PM

What are you doing apart from stroking away on your keyboard?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Positive propaganda, cheerleading, education of the masses, and exposing zio-Marxist scum are all essential for creating critical mass resistance to the treasonous fukwads who have usurped the republic.

Barney Fife's picture

The people  that make these decisions, and the accomplices  that carry them out are motherfucking weasels and deserve to have the living shit beaten out of them. 

Still believe that 911 was caused by 19 men operating out of caves? 

Hammer of Light's picture

Old Navy will tell you straight up, NINE 11 was absolutely done by Bush and Cheney, FBI/CIA/ISRAEL/UK/Saudis

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT! We know who, how and many of the companies involved. The inside of DC is forever corrupt and simply is no longer the "governing body of this nation".

These people have murdered the soul of what America is and what is representative of this nations ideals and values.

The system is in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM in control BY any of the "people", period. We are going to have to end this by physically showing up, having  1776 2.0 as in recommence the physical removal of this apparatus or these fuckers will in fact kill off the planet. This country is no longer representative of any of us, including those of us who through loyalty to the nation served, then found out we were made into murders for the wholesale slaughter of price discovery for the mechanisms of the death trade.

America no longer exists. This current form, we are nothing but a fucking STASI state run by thieves, grifters, psychopaths amd murderers of humanity for greed and power. America is dead no question, all that remains is a corporation run by criminals.

It's time to not talk about it, but tax death these fuckers into oblivion and remove them all by resetting it all. End their use of our stolen property and the beast will most assuredly die very quickly. Something has to be done or we will all suffer, wither and die each day until the only remaining Americans will be gone forever.

This is all bad on every level that exists and those who are sworn to protect us all are part of the fraud. The wolves are running the hen house. Asking our government to change is like the mother Hen asking the two wolves... what's for dinner?

How exactly do any of you think this will work out?

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Hammer of Light Mar 23, 2017 5:34 PM

I agree it is now time for action.All other hope is gone

Davidduke2000's picture

And what are all these intelligence agencies are collecting data on 325 million Americans for? this dictatorship must end or we will end it ourselves if Trump and company do not do it, they must shut down the CIA and most intelligence agencies and start fresh.

MuffDiver69's picture

They have cut deals from beginning for access to hardware of routers etc .Neat to read the specifics, but this is all known and the tech companies are lying if they say they don't know about this...they created all this for CIA...Give me a break if you think they don't make them do this, otherwise no sale...

dobermangang's picture

I bet the CIA and FBI has gathered lots of fingerprints from users using the fingerprint scanner app that's standard on iphones now.  

SpinDrift's picture

Thinking the same thing.  Build a mass marketed consumer device that achieves a cult like following - enable the ability to access the device by saving the owners fingerprints inside it - then compromise the hardware chipset via the supply chain with tools that can literally take a copy of everything ever done on it and shuffle those off into a very nice organized database, tied to actual real human beings because their service contract demands real names, addresses, etc.  Snap, Crackle, and Pop, we just built a database of fingerprints of millions and millions of users...   As G&R say: "It's so easy, so fucking easy!"

alfbell's picture

Easy. Just don't use your iPhone and trade it in for a walkie-talkie when you are blowing up gov buildings, killing volumes of people at shopping centers, bringing drugs and arms over the border, assassinating gov and corp figures, discussing your income or taxes, etc. The NSA, CIA and FBI know that 95% of Americans are engaged in these types of activities, but they'll never catch us now with our new walkie-talkie/carrier pigeon strategy. HA HA HA!  

Elguapo's picture

I'm buying a Chinese cell. I might have more privacy than one from the land of the so called free.

esum's picture

the problem is despite al the violation of 4th amendment rights

the FBI can't connect the dots 

self motivated allah is a cocksucker pedophile goat fuckers

"on the watch list"


"SEE SOMETHING SAY NOTHING" (read the book) ..... the limpwristed bendover bathhouse towel boy purged thefiles on the NETWORK of jihadis in USSA

and he gave a nuke to the ragheaded ayatollah....



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PoasterToaster (not verified) Mar 23, 2017 7:00 PM

It's going to be fun seeing the reaction from the douchebag hipster Proglodyte types that buy this Apple crap.

alphasammae's picture

This is who they have been spying on Trump and his associates and he cannot prove it but knows it was done through the leaked media channels. Congress being behind CIA actions of course do not want Trump to succeed on his claim. This is a digital programming war that would need to be proved and articulated to the Justice Department in some form of legal process if it is ever going to stop. A hard shell to break because it would be almost impossible to prove the CIA spied without some kind of digital legal system. It would almost require that judges and justice officials have a degree in physics and subtle matter to be able to make a legal judgement based on physical evidence like congressmen are now requesting Trump to produce. They Know it cannot be proven even though they know it is being done the subtle way and the legal is not prepared to support this kind of cases. Catch-22 while in the meantime Amendment 1 of constitution is violated. The power of status quo operates through both sides of the aisle in congress and it does not matter who is in power. The media is controlled so they will repeat and repeat, even knowing it is false but after awhile people start believing on it. SSS Goebbels words.

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Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 23, 2017 8:30 PM

Glad I have my cheapie smart-phone.

Thinkpad's picture

I only use Samsung better device. However do you think terriorists use Iphones or disposable burner phones? Kinda weird why they would bug Iphones maybe it's all the rage with terrorists to use Iphones. Goes with them partnering up with geek squad to flesh out the terriorists among us in Santa Ana or Greenwich Ct or Austin Tx. Actually who uses geek squad these days google anything and get your answer no need any longer for IT guy if you have some brain cells still firing. I'm certain that the over 80 set is plotting to blow up NYC because they are the only demographic needing geek squad to begin with these days

FreeEarCandy's picture

The metaphor. 

How to hack a baboon's secret watering hole. A short lesson in nature and survival. Must watch!


Can you let go of your tech, or will you go the way of the baboon?

Shue's picture

"Israhell Release's Nightskies1.2" There, fixed it for you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

sauldaddy's picture

There is a reason the Iphone was the first one where you couldnt disconnect the battery. They can make you think the batter is drained and dead even when it has power and tansmitting your location.

VWAndy's picture

 I do a fair bit of driving and noticed my battery life varies greatly the farther I go from home. Anything more then about 30 miles and it will be drained sooner then normal. Just a wierd thing I noticed a few years ago.

Old Poor Richard's picture

I notice when I'm browsing Zero Hedge on my iPhone the battery drains fast. Gov conspiracy to track my habits or because ZH is larded up with abusive amounts of flash video spam?