WikiLeaks new dump Protego unleashes CIA's secret missile control system for fighter jets

WikiLeaks new dump Protego unleashes CIA's secret missile control system for fighter jets

According to the documents leaked by WikiLeaks, Protego has been installed on-board a Pratt and Whitney aircraft, which allegedly comes equipped with air-to-air and air-to-ground missile launch systems.

Pratt Whitney builds military aircraft engines, which are used in F-15 Eagles, F-16 Falcons, B-52 strategic bombers and more.

Housed within Protego are micro-controller units – the "Master Processor" (MP) and "Deployment Box." All data and signal processes happen over encrypted and verified channels, supported by the MP. Separate micro-controllers also exist for the missile itself, which include the Missle Smart Switch (MSS), the Tube Smart Switch (TSS) and the collar, which "holds the missile" prior to and during launch. "Missiles can only be launched if all signals received by MP are set to 'true'," WikiLeaks said.

According to WikiLeaks, Protego also allegedly has measures in place to "auto-destruct" missiles' authentication and encryption keys in the event scenarios such as "missile missing or "leaving a target area of operation".

WikiLeaks also released 37 related documents detailing proprietary hardware and software manuals from Microchip Technology Inc.

Protego is as of now, the only Vault 7 document that veers off from detailing CIA-developed malware. Previous leaks have exposed various customized malware frameworks allegedly used by the spy agency to conduct surveillance on targets using a variety of devices, including those running iOS, Android and Windows operating systems.

.

More Technology News
  • Equifax hack: How to check if you're affected by the breach and what to do to keep your data safe
  • AXA Insurance data breach: Hackers steal personal information of 5,400 customers in Singapore
  • Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity nearing powered flights, says CEO
  • RELEASE: CIA suspected assassination module for GPS guided missile system 'Protego' #vault7https://t.co/0UDmiNFRhPpic.twitter.com/keDLl8oOqZ— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 7, 2017 ShareMore
  • Stay up to datewith our daily newsletter YOU MIGHT LIKE THISSponsored Content by Taboola IBT Video PlayClose Everything Italy had to offer at Gamescom 2017
    Columnists
    Zakia Soman

    Banning 'triple talaq' divorces is India's first step to giving Muslim women their rights back

    READ MORE
    • AXA Insurance data breach: Hackers steal personal information of 5,400 customers in Singapore 'A thorough review of our IT systems is underway,' AXA Singapore CEO...
    • SpaceX successfully launches US Air Force's secret X-37B space plane Details of the mission and purpose of the 11,000 pound, 29ft long...
    • Researcher stumbles upon oil industry breakthrough Environmentally-friendly 'bitumen balls' could solve transportation...
    • WikiLeaks new dump Protego unleashes CIA's secret missile control system for fighter jets Protego has allegedly been installed on-board a fighter with...
    • Lyft to offer rides in self-driving cars for passengers in San Francisco area soon The company has inked a partnership deal with Drive.ai, a tech...
    • Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity nearing powered flights, says CEO The aerospace company has already conducted a number of glide tests...
    • Equifax hack: How to check if you're affected by the breach and what to do to keep your data safe The breach, which saw hackers steal critically sensitive and personal...
    • 143 million Equifax customers hit by one of the biggest hi-tech heists in US history Social security numbers and credit cards were compromised.
    • Police officers who joked about sex crime in WhatsApp group defend messages as 'just banter' Leicester cops could be thrown out of force over discriminatory...
    • Amazon is on the hunt for a new $5bn home US cities scramble to apply as Amazon looks to build another...
    Fintech Focus weekly
    Keep up with the latest in blockchain, cryptocurrency and other fintech news.
    Straight to your inbox every Friday.
    Sign up now
    Win an iPhone 7
    • About IBT
    • Leadership
    • Meet the team
    • Advertise
    • Brand
    • Terms of service
    • Privacy
    • Permission
    • Content Licensing
    • Contact
      Editions:
    • Australia
    • China
    • India
    • U.K.
    • U.S.
      © Copyright 2017 IBTimes Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle PlusRSS

    Share this post

    Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

    Leave a comment

    Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.



    back to top

    More Cyber News