13 August 2017

From WikiLeaks: Another Vault 7 Release > COUCH POTATO

10 August, 2017                  
Today, August 10th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes the the User Guide for the CoachPotato project of the CIA. CouchPotato is a remote tool for collection against RTSP/H.264 video streams. It provides the ability to collect either the stream as a video file (AVI) or capture still images (JPG) of frames from the stream that are of significant change from a previously captured frame. It utilizes ffmpeg for video and image encoding and decoding as well as RTSP connectivity. CouchPotato relies on being launched in an ICE v3 Fire and Collect compatible loader.
Original source: https://wikileaks.org/#CouchPotato 

WikiLeaks Exposes CIA CouchPotato Tool For Hacking Security ...

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Short Bytes: Wikileaks’ second leak in the month of August is a CIA hacking tool called CouchPotoato which dates back to 2014. The tool can be controlled using the command line to extort footage from RTSP/H.264 video streams, mostly used for security cameras, and save them on a disk.
According to the leaked documents, CouchPotato leverages a modified version of FFmpeg – an open source library for encoding and decoding various audio/video formats. Many of the unwanted codecs and features have been stripped to reduce the size of the tool.
The tool only requires the URL of the video stream to sniff the data. Thus, it eliminates the need to compromise a network. In the case of restricted networks, the CouchPotato can be initiated from within the network.
The H.264 codec and RTSP protocol in the story are used for streaming media, like movies and other video content, over the internet. A well-known application is in the case of surveillance cameras. So, CouchPotato might have been designed to extract footages from such devices saving video streams to some storage over the internet or inside some private network.
The leaked documents also describe some shortcomings of the alleged CIA hacking tool. One of the significant issues observed is high CPU usage which was somewhere between 50% to 70% during the internal tests on a Windows 7 64-bit virtual machine.
There have been several years since the tool came into existence, the leaked user guide dates back to February 2014. CouchPotato is another addition to Wikileaks’ Vault7 series, under which they are publicizing CIA-related tools almost every week
Link > https://fossbytes.com/couchpotato-cia-hacking-tool/

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