After the release of Vault#7 of CIA documents by Wikileaks, many secrets by the United States government have been revealed. One of the revelations showed that there was a top secret CIA unit that used Frankfurt, Germany as the starting point for many hacking attacks on Europe, China and the Middle East. This top secret unit developed trojans, viruses, malware and other malicious software and used these programs to focus attacks on Europe, Middle East and Africa via the American Consulate General Office. The CIA unit worked undercover in the building and were given tips for covert life in Germany.
German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported the building was known to be home to a vast network of intelligence personnel including CIA agents, NSA spies, military secret service personnel, Department of Homeland Security employees and Secret Service employees. It reported the Americans had also established a dense network of outposts and shell companies in Frankfurt. Bob Ayers, a retired US intelligence official currently working as a security analyst told AP the release was “real bad” for the agency. Jonathan Liu, a spokesman for the CIA, told AP: “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.” According to WikiLeaks the documents revealed that the CIA could remotely activate certain Samsung smart televisions equipped with cameras and microphones to turn them into bugs.