Q&A: Wikileaks, the CIA, ‘Fine Dining’ and DLL hijacks

There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about an alleged CIA project called Fine Dining.

We’ve tried to explain what the fuss is all about by answering a series of questions about the what, the how and the why.

Q1. What’s all this from Wikileaks about “malware-laced spy apps”, including hacked anti-virus programs?

A1. A recent mass leak of CIA documents by Wikileaks, dubbed “Vault 7”, includes mention of an alleged CIA project called Fine Dining.

This project aims to provide CIA field agents who already have insider access to a target organisation with hacked versions of well-known apps that they can run as a decoy, to act as a cover for data-sniffing tools that run in the background at the same time.

Q2. Which decoy apps appear on the list?

A2. VLC Player Portable, Irfan View, Chrome Portable, Opera Portable, Firefox Portable, ClamWin Portable, Kaspersky TDSS Killer Portable, McAfee Stinger Portable, Sophos Virus Removal Tool, Thunderbird Portable, Opera Mail, Foxit Reader, Libre Office Portable, Prezi, Babel Pad, Notepad++, Skype, Iperius Backup, Sandisk Secure Access, U3 Software, 2048, LBreakout2, 7-Zip Portable and Portable Linux CMD Prompt.

Q3. Some reports say that these apps were hacked because they contained a vulnerability called “DLL hijacking” Read more

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