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WikiLeaks’ E-mail Dump Found with 3,000 Plus Malware-Tainted Attachments


Assistant Professor Dr. Vesselin Bontchev with National Laboratory of Computer Virology under Bulgarian Academy of Sciences discovered that WikiLeaks was broadcasting 3,277 malware-laced files when he was going through the leaked e-mail bunch, which AKP the governing political party of Turkey wrote and which anybody could access online with just one click of the mouse.

Bontchev, who describes the leaked bunch mediocre spam, phishing or scam e-mails, says that indeed it is wholly feasible that there are far many items posted on WikiLeaks that contain malware than the latest e-mail dump. This e-mail dump has been the point of focus for Bontchev who with the aid of VirusTotal examined whether any file was malware-rigged else completely untainted.

Moreover, it can't be ruled out that certain e-mail dumps on WikiLeaks comprised highly personalized messages written for specific persons and contained viruses which no anti-malware software could currently detect. Grahamcluley.in posted this dated August 22, 2016.

A related opinion from malware promoters on GitHub is that WikiLeaks' hosting of malware numbers is not at all exhaustive, however, in case those number of malware samples are listed then certainly VirusTotal has malware indexed them.

Dr. Bontchev elaborated that the first time he found malicious software inside the WikiLeaks-exposed AKP e-mail bunch, he didn't examine if spam mails that were replicas of the AKP e-mails contained malicious attachments. Besides, in case the same malware-rigged attachments were included within more than one e-mail then he listed those attachments just once and accordingly counted them to be 323 in all.

Meanwhile, before Bontchev, others also blamed WikiLeaks of hosting malicious software else risking individuals via non-redaction of critical private details contained within the classified document leaks. Even former employee of WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden described WikiLeaks' shirking of even an ordinary correction an incorrect stand.

Conclusively, Bontchev requests WikiLeaks to scan its documents for viruses prior to publishing them, which does not mean that researchers won't otherwise read them followed with perhaps reporting about the exposures. Performing the scan will at least segregate the malware even if mediocre for, that's the basic WikiLeaks' readers are entitled to.

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