COUCH POTATO | New Vault 7 Release Reveals Live Streaming Video Capture And Collection Tool

in wikileaks •  2 years ago  (edited)


Yet another CIA Vault 7 document has been released by Wikileaks today. Couch Potato is a remote digital tool used to capture and collect live RTSP/H.264 steaming video in either an .AVI (video) or .jpg (image) formats. The tool has the ability to monitor streams and automatically take multiple snapshot images if the stream significantly changes visually from any previously captured images.

The Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is a network control protocol designed for use in entertainment and communications systems to control streaming media servers. The protocol is used for establishing and controlling media sessions between end points. Clients of media servers issue VCR-style commands, such as play, record and pause, to facilitate real-time control of the media streaming from the server to a client (Video On Demand) or from a client to the server (Voice Recording).

H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10, Advanced Video Coding (MPEG-4 AVC) is a block-oriented motion-compensation-based video compression standard. As of 2014 it is one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of video content.[1]

Couch Potato is built around a stripped down version of the widely used video and image encoding and decoding framework, ffmpeg. In order for the CIA developers to minimize the size of CouchPotato they removed many of the audio and video codecs along with other unnecessary features built into the ffmpeg framework.



The tool has an open source perceptual image hashing algorithm software incorporated into it called pHash. This monitors and analyzes any significant changes to previously captured images taken by Couch Potato.



what is pHash used for?

Potential applications include copyright protection, similarity search for media files, or even digital forensics. For example, YouTube could maintain a database of hashes that have been submitted by the major movie producers of movies to which they hold the copyright. If a user then uploads the same video to YouTube, the hash will be almost identical, and it can be flagged as a possible copyright violation. The audio hash could be used to automatically tag MP3 files with proper ID3 information, while the text hash could be used for plagiarism detection.

Finally the document details how Couch Potato relies on being launched in an ICE v3 Fire and Collect compatible loader, another CIA hacking tool.





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Thank you for providing this very useful information and knowledge. May always be successful for you


Much obliged to you for giving this exceptionally helpful data and learning

no prob. Glad to help

It looks like big brother is upgrading, his not only watching you but he is also interested in your video steaming activity.

Reshared @phibetaiota
Another very valuable piece of OSINT from the Vault 7 Releases.
The ability to snap clandestine screenshots of a target screen is a very useful hacking tool. The CIA's "tools" just keep getting more interesting.
Thank you for this submission.

~The Management.


Thank you kindly.

WOW. Everytime I read stuff like this, I remember theres a camera on my laptop and somebody might be watching me! haha hopefully not...

Amazing post. You have a new follower here, feel free to check my blog and let me know what you think @fortified

I put tape over my cameras on my phone and laptop awhile back and people thought it was crazy lol, but apparently not that crazy!

Wise move.

If you wan tto block the microphone on your computer as well get an old pair of headphones and cut the wire at the plug end and then leave it in the microphone socket on your computer.

Yes it is v scary what they can do. And this is just the stuff we know about.

Great information and tool for #YouTubers!

Hey you, habla Español?

It just doesn't stop - there's no such thing as privacy anymore...

There is 2 types of privacy: Theirs and ours. But neither would fall under the dictionary definition unfortunately.