WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his group will work with technology companies to help defend them against the Central Intelligence Agency's hacking tools, the AP reports. In an online press conference, Assange acknowledged that companies had asked for more details about the CIA cyberespionage toolkit whose existence he purportedly revealed in a massive leak published Tuesday. Assange said Thursday that "we have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out." The CIA has so far declined to comment directly on the authenticity of the leak, but in a statement issued Wednesday it suggested that such releases are damaging because they equip adversaries "with tools and information to do us harm."
Assange began his online press conference with a dig at the agency for losing control of its cyberespionage arsenal, saying that all the data had been kept in one place. "This is a historic act of devastating incompetence," he said, adding that, "WikiLeaks discovered the material as a result of it being passed around." Assange said the technology was nearly impossible to keep under wraps—or under control. "There's absolutely nothing to stop a random CIA officer" or even a contractor from using the technology, Assange said. "The technology is designed to be unaccountable, untraceable; it's designed to remove traces of its activity."