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WikiLeaks: Windows Threatened by New Spyware Called “Athena”

The hacking software, allegedly co-developed by CIA and Siege Technologies, allows attackers to gain complete control over computers, steal data and send it to CIA servers.


WikiLeaks has revealed another spyware allegedly developed by CIA codenamed “Athena” which can target all versions of Windows, from XP to Windows 10.

“Athena” was activated back in August 2015, shortly after released to the public. According to , the CIA created the spyware in collaboration with the cyber security firm Siege Technologies.

In the documentation about the spyware, WikiLeaks explains how the malicious software works. WikiLeaks says that “the malware provides a beaconing capability (including configuration and task handling), the memory loading/unloading of malicious payloads for specific tasks and the delivery and retrieval of files to/from a specified directory on the target system.

In addition, WikiLeaks mentions a system related to “Athena” called “Hera” which targets through Windows 10. The news comes just one week after the ransomware “WannaCrypt” targeted more than 230.000 computers running .

How to protect your computer

Despite the fact that Microsoft hasn't reported any attacks yet, users should take precautions. The company always suggests that PC owners should upgrade to Windows 10 and regularly update their computers.

Given that Microsoft managed to patch the vulnerability that the “WannaCrypt” ransomware targeted, it could be possible that the company has already worked to create patches against “Athena” and “Hera”.

If you search in WikiLeaks you can find information about “Athena”, its user manual, an overview of the spyware's technology, and a demonstration on how to use the malicious software.

Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas is a former sports journalist and an amateur gamer. Combining his love for technology with his writing experience, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. Being an artistic “soul”, he is also writing poems and short stories.

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