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WikiLeaks ready to offer CIA hacking tools to tech companies

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Files

New York [U.S.]: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced that he is ready to offer details about stolen CIA hacking tools to tech companies, in order to patch up any security loopholes.

Speaking at a press conference, Assange said that WikiLeaks has “a lot” of unpublished information about CIA hacking and spying that the organization will release if the tech companies fix security gaps, reports CNN.

Earlier this week, WikiLeaks published what it claimed were internal CIA documents showing that the agency has an extensive worldwide hacking operation that allows it to infiltrate phones and televisions to spy on people.

Assange told reporters that WikiLeaks was offering to share details of the CIA’s hacking tools in the name of security and accountability.

“We want to secure communications technology because without secure communications technology, journalists are not able to effectively hold the state to account,” he said.

Shortly after the documents were published, Apple and Google said that they have already eliminated many of the potential vulnerabilities, while Samsung and Microsoft said they were aware of the leaks and looking into them.

WikiLeaks has stated the CIA hacking tools were stolen and ended up in the hands of “former U.S. government hackers and contractors,” one of whom leaked the documents to the organization. (ANI)