Using only a single website, as well as publicly available material such as historical internet scanning results and the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, we identified a network of 885 websites and have high confidence that the United States (US) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used these sites for covert communication.
I am an idiot and I was able to find several archived websites that appeared to be part of this scheme using only the information disclosed by Citizen Lab. If I could find part of this network, imagine what a more determined adversary would have been able to do. This is a shocking betrayal by the CIA of informants’ trust in its capabilities and security.
Joel Schectman and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin of Reuters published a full investigation based on Citizen Lab’s findings.