WikiLeaks’s “Year Zero,” the first part of the “Vault 7” trove of alleged CIA documents, is 8,761 documents big, but it’s just a tiny part of the entire stash.
According to WikiLeaks, the documents released Tuesday constitute “less than 1%” of the total Vault 7 files.
This is a scary proposition for the CIA, which weighed in on the leak with a pretty angry “no comment” statement.
WikiLeaks has released less than 1% of its #Vault7 series in its part one publication yesterday ‘Year Zero’.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 8, 2017
WikiLeaks has previously released leaked documents in batches, over a longer period of time. For example, the organization’s best-known publication, that of United States diplomatic cables, was released over several months starting February 2010.
The documents released in the first part of the Vault 7 leak are, for the most part, highly technical documents, which reference various hacking tools and security flaws which affect major software platforms such as Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and Linux.
But the documents also contain comments by alleged CIA-employed engineers, plans for future software development, the CIA’s hacking tactics, references to a possible CIA hacking outpost at the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt, as well as a number of silly memes.
In a press release accompanying the first trove of documents, WikiLeaks said that it redacted some of the names, as well as “CIA targets and attack machines” from the documents. Furthermore, actual hacking tools and software exploits weren’t released.
The organization didn’t give any other details on what the remainder of the documents might contain.