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Assange: WikiLeaks to Take Action If Companies Don't Secure Their Products

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WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange Friday night tweeted that action will be taken against tech companies that "continue to drag their feet" when it comes to securing software and products that could be vulnerable to CIA or NSA hacking methods.

"Should such companies choose to not secure their users against CIA or NSA attacks users may prefer organizations such as Mozilla or European companies that prioritize their users over government contracts," Assange said in a message posted through the WikiLeaks Twitter account. "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."

Assange said there have been some tech firms, such as Mozilla, that have responded to WikiLeaks, after it made an offer to share details of the CIA's alleged hacking methods that were revealed in the "Vault 7" publication on March 7, reports The Washington Examiner. 

Some companies, though, such as Google, have not yet confirmed receipt "of our initial approach," but that may be because of their work with the U.S. government, said Assange, and WikiLeaks is ready to take action if it doesn't hear from them.

He promised WikiLeaks will say more about the subject next week.

According to a Motherboard report on Friday, Assange emailed Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other companies mentioned in the Vault 7 documents, requesting that they sign off on several conditions before receiving technical details about how to patches to plug the holes and vulnerabilities allegedly used by the CIA.

A source told Motherboard there is a 90-day disclosure deadline, compelling companies to confirm that they'll issue patches within three months.

Many of the companies mentioned in WikiLeaks' CIA documents say their latest patches and security updates are sufficient to protect their phones and other devices.

According to the Vault 7 leaks, the CIA's malware can bypass encryption protection in devices such as the iPhone, Android smartphones, and Window programs. In addition, the malware can turn household items, such as smart TVs, into covert microphones, the leaked documents showed.

An Apple spokesman said that the company always urges customers to download its latest operating system to ensure their devices have the most recent security updates, reports the BBC. 

Google likewise said they are confident that security updates shield users from vulnerabilities, but further necessary protections will be put in place if needed.

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