WIKILEAKS THREATENS TO REVEAL TECH COMPANIES THAT HAVEN’T RESPONDED TO HELP OFFER AGAINST CIA HACKS

[3/19/17]  WikiLeaks said it plans to take action against technology companies that “continue to drag their feet” in communicating over software and products that might be vulnerable to the CIA’s hacking program revealed in the “Vault 7” publication on March 7.

In a statement posted to Twitter late Friday, WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange said companies such as Mozilla have already exchanged letters after his organization offered its help in working with them by offering the technical details of the CIA’s alleged hacking methods.

Other companies, like Google, have yet to “confirm receipt of our initial approach,” Assange said. They may be unable to reach out because of conflicts of interest due to classified work with for the U.S. government, he noted.

According to Assange, WikiLeaks is poised to take action against those companies who haven’t been in contact.

“Should such companies choose to not secure their users against CIA or NSA attacks users may prefer organizations such as Mozilla or Europeans companies that prioritize their users over government contracts,” Assange said. “Should these companies continue to drag their feet we will create a league table comparing company responsiveness and government entanglements so users can decide for themselves.”