WikiLeaks Reveals "Archimedes": Malware Used To Hack Local Area Networks

Tyler Durden's picture

In its seventh CIA leak since March 23rd, WikiLeaks has just revealed the user manual of a CIA hacking tool known as ‘Archimedes’ which is purportedly used to attack computers inside a Local Area Network (LAN).  The CIA tool works by redirecting a target's webpage search to a CIA server which serves up a webpage that looks exactly like the original page they were expecting to be served, but which contains malware. It’s only possible to detect the attack by examining the page source.  Per WikiLeaks:

Today, May 5th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes "Archimedes", a tool used by the CIA to attack a computer inside a Local Area Network (LAN), usually used in offices. It allows the re-directing of traffic from the target computer inside the LAN through a computer infected with this malware and controlled by the CIA. This technique is used by the CIA to redirect the target's computers web browser to an exploitation server while appearing as a normal browsing session.


The document illustrates a type of attack within a "protected environment" as the the tool is deployed into an existing local network abusing existing machines to bring targeted computers under control and allowing further exploitation and abuse.


The RT provided more details:

The Archimedes tool enables traffic from one computer inside the LAN to be redirected through a computer infected with this malware and controlled by the CIA, according to WikiLeaks.


The technique is used to redirect the target’s computer web browser to an exploitation server while appearing as a normal browsing session, the whistleblowing site said. In this way, the hackers gain an entry point that allows them access to other machines on that network.


The tool's user guide, which is dated December 2012, explains that it’s used to re-direct traffic in a Local Area network (LAN) from a "target's computer through an attacker controlled computer before it is passed to the gateway.”


This allows it to insert a false web-server response that redirects the target's web browser to a server that will exploit their system all the while appearing as if it’s a normal browsing session.

Archimedes is an update to a tool called ‘Fulcrum’ and it offers several improvements on the previous system, including providing a method of "gracefully shutting down the tool on demand.”

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LawsofPhysics's picture

So, as it turns out, 'merica (via. Mossad, CIA, FBI, NSA etc. etc.) really is the biggest crimminal/bully on the fucking planet...

< yawn >

This is news?

Seems like everyone already knew this.

What's the trade today gentlemen?

JRobby's picture

Long - Doom

Short - Everything Else

espirit's picture


Waiting on Gartman…


Dr.Bullish's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Now we know why NK can't get their missiles erect.

caconhma's picture

There are no doubts anymore who hacked Hillary and who put the orange-faced buffoon into the White House.

11b40's picture

Who?  who did it "without a doubt"?

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Is this the real ZeroHedge or the CIA version?

Mr 9x19's picture

i read articles 3 times but i still do not have my answer,  is my web porn activity still ok ?

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

Hey BooBoo, you're back!

Your mom's been asking about you, between the face-fuckings, that is. She wants to know if you intend to pony up the rent money you owe her (now that you make so much.) Basement apartments aren't cheap you know, and her pimp only lets her keep half.

espirit's picture




Oh, wait…


MaxThrust's picture

If the Yid's do something wrong we will call them out on it. You are a paid [probably by mosad] troll to stir up a shit storm.

Fuck Off

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Law,

That and, we're now, officially, although we've always have been. Absolutely, Completely, Open in your Face,

Tyrannically Lawless.

chunga's picture

The human race will go extinct from all the fraud, some day.

Mr 9x19's picture

the human race, IS the fraud of the planet already.


revoke humans, no more ploblem on the globe....



Got The Wrong No's picture

Hey, I'm from the Government and I want you to meet my friend Archimedes. He keeps a eye on things for your protection. 

JackT's picture

I wonder which agency is in charge of coming up for the names of these tools/software?

JRobby's picture

It's a focus group with all of the nasty "agencies" represented.

After it's concluded, they have a "can you top this" session concerning governments, world leaders, corportions and other people they have "brought down". Then they go to a "party"

sleigher's picture

"Then they go to a "party"


Then they go to a "pizza" party you mean.

Crash Overide's picture

So the government extorts our paychecks for tax collection to fund a bunch of rouge agencies filled with power hungry criminal murders and pedophiles that are not held accountable to the law like the rest of us...  

...but Julian Assange and Wikileaks are the bad guys and we should arrest them for telling the people the truth about what these agencies are doing with our fiat FED money.

Seems legit.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Keep'm coming Julian.

The "Spoofing" or Digital Finger Print & Parallel Construction tools that can be used against Governments, Individuals, enemies & adversaries are Chilling.

The CIA can not only hack into anything -- they can download any "evidence" they want onto your phone or computer.  Child pornography, national secrets, you name it.  Then they can blackmail you, threatening prosecution for whatever crap they have planted, then "found" on your computer.    They can also "spoof" the source of such downloads -- for instance, if they want to "prove" that something on your computer (or Donald Trump's computer) came from a "Russian source"  -- they can spoof the IP address of a Russian source.

The take-away:  no digital evidence the CIA or NSA produces on any subject whatsoever can be trusted.  No digital evidence should be acceptable in any case where the government has an interest, because they have the complete ability to fabricate and implant any evidence on any iphone or computer.  And worse:  they have intentionally created these digital vulnerabilities and pushed them onto the whole world via Microsoft and Google.     Government has long been at war with liberty, claiming that we need to give up liberty to be secure.  Now we learn that they have been deliberately sabotaging our security, in order to augment their own power.  Time to shut down the CIA and all the other spy agencies.  They're not keeping us free OR secure, and they're doing it deliberately.  Their main function nowadays seems to be lying us into wars against countries that never attacked us, and had no plans to do so.

The Echelon Computer System Catch Everything
The Flagging goes to Notify the Appropriate Alphabet,,,...Key Words Phrases...Algorithms,...It all gets sucked up and chewed on and spat out to the surmised computed correct departments...That simple.

Nameshavebeenchangedtoprotecttheinnocent's picture

I agree.

However, they won't be shut down via the political process or any other gov't methods. They now receive a very significant amount of funding via secret, off-the-books methods, so don't have to be accountable to the gov't anymore.

It will be up to the people to take care of the issue.

Maltese Beagle's picture

And why do you think little Chuckie (Schumer) wants to gut the 2nd amendment?


After all, he's already a made man. Just not our gang.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Soon to be living the rest of his agonizing life in pain & Dead man.

WillyGroper's picture

streaming Charles R. Smith on CTM who keeps referring to WL.

some scary shit.  trident subs w/nukular missiles using msft xp.

tsa scanners, obvious weapon(jmho) when looked at from pov of SV40 planned decades in advance...he says the spooks (either side) can literally nuke the shit out you with a routine dental xray if you're a target.

44_shooter's picture

Lookup air-gap network - who cares what OS they run.


Leave IT to the professionals. 

DuneCreature's picture

Ok, but you better watch some of these videos:

Air-Gap hacking phone to computer

GSM breaking the Air-Gap

BitWhisper - Jumping the Air-Gap with Heat

SSD 2017 - Air-Gap hacking

Where there is RF passage there is a potential leak source.

Live Hard, The Chinese Are Particularly Good At Air-Gap Jumping, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

A. Boaty's picture

Planting evidence? Say it ain't so! That never happened in the analog world. Oh, wait...

John Law Lives's picture

Keep publishing the truth, Julian.  Stick it to 'em.

ThanksIwillHaveAnother's picture

Freedome VPN would detect this re-direct attack.  Too cheap to pay for it?

The article didn't cover how the internal PC was compromised to show a false search page?   Email phishing?

TheReplacement's picture

More likely Geek Squad or similar. They can pick up a few extra fiats working on the side for the FBI, why not the CIA too?

Synoia's picture

I'd bet the NSA can either forge and certificare used on the internet, or pursuade any certificate issued to provide the NSA with a copy.

Thus the NSA could and would launch man-in-the-middle on any transaction on the planet.

Chupacabra-322's picture

It's a Global Massive Sex Compromised Intelligence Operation ring run out of the Deep State headquartered in Israel by the ZioNeoConFascist.?


The Yinon Plan
Operation Talpiot.

Operation Talpiot (Mossad) is a 40 year plan of full spectrum domination of the information telecommunication industry..worldwide.

It's an ongoing operation since the 70's and they have kill switches everywhere. The treasonous and corrupt US .gov has transported all the technology industry to Tel Aviv.

I don't give a flying fuck that they are possibly watching me. I know who the enemy is, that's all that counts.

HooRAY4rSIDE's picture

You'd better watch out or the 'Globalist Satanic Luciferian Anti-Defamation League' might try and shut you down.


Oh wait ~ There is no Globalist Satanic Luciferian Anti-Defamation League


or a Negro Anti defamation League

or a Caucasian Anti defamation league

or a Russian Anti defamation league

or a Snowflake Anti defamation league

or a Hispanic Anti defamation league


or a LGBT Anti defamation league ~ (well, actually there is, but it's not run by them, it' falls under the umbrella of these folks who are keen on 'lookin out' for them)


The only anti defamation league around.

SpanishGoop's picture

A secure network (LAN) where you can access fi. Google or

Yeah, right.


SmilinJoeFizzion's picture

I hope the Ecuadorian embassy has really thick windows

Bill of Rights's picture

And there goes Metals....Stack it they said you'll be rich...or better yet you can trade it or barter it when the world ends...umm what?

dirty belly's picture








SpanishGoop's picture

Loading ZH pages take so long because they are all redirected to the CIA ?

Or is it just the adds.....


dlfield's picture

These folks have way, way too much time on their hands.

Chupacabra-322's picture

“These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with. They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.”

And lemme tell ya, he had the list… he rattled off 25 or 30 names of well-known, prominent politicians, mostly Democrats, but a few Republicans, several members of the current Cabinet, a couple of Obama’s “czars”, a couple of figures from the Bush administration and the Republican establishment, several media company executives and on-camera newscasters, reporters, and pundits, a couple of people who are active in leftist politics but not in elected office… he had obviously thought about this to some degree already.

The Founding Fathers wouldn’t have put up with any of this shit. The Founders started blowing people’s heads off because the government put a tax on their breakfast beverage… and it wasn’t even coffee. Can you imagine how batshit those guys would have been on a double espresso?
-Dennis Miller

It's a Global Massive Sex Compromised Intelligence Operation ring run out of the Deep State headquartered in Israel by the ZioNeoConFascist.?

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

"These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with."

They've flirted with worse. Ever heard of Cynthia?

Alfred's picture

Millions of deaths is the objective. TPTB don't care who, or what makes it happen. Race war, civil war, tiny NK suite case bomv, commie kazi submarines, or bio agents... It doesn't matter how we die, we just gotta die. Too many people for the planet to support. Mike Rupert's 'Crossing the Rubicon' splained it all in the first chapter.

rejected's picture

"The Founding Fathers wouldn’t have put up with any of this shit." 

They put up with all kinds of shit until the Brits demanded payments in gold. Revolt came quick. Formed a representative style Republic.

150 years later most of their descendants happily gave up their gold to a privately owned National banking cartel.

Old Hippie Patriot's picture

The founders staged the revolution because the colonials had been financing local development by selling paper, and London cut them off. The whole point of the revolution was American control of the local banking system. That is why ever since the revolution was cancelled by the imposition of the FED, two thirds owned by foreigners, the country has become a mockery of its original character.

man from glad's picture

Me thinks it's time to turn these "tools" around and use them on the CIA, NSA, et al ! 

man from glad's picture

Just kidding around,  CIA , NSA, ETC!