The CIA surveillance tool Athena was developed in cooperation with Siege Technologies.
The CIA surveillance tool Athena was developed in cooperation with Siege Technologies.

In its latest batch of leaked Vault 7 CIA documents, WikiLeaks on Friday published materials related to a malware implant called Athena, which enables remote beacon and loader capabilities on targeted computers running on Microsoft Windows versions XP through 10.

The documentation, dated between late 2015 and early 2016, notes that the CIA developed the malware in conjunction with Siege Technologies, a U.S.-based provider of offense-driven defensive cyber security solutions. 

"Once installed, the malware provides a beaconing capability (including configuration and task handling), the memory loading/unloading of malicious payloads for specific tasks and the delivery and retrieval of files to/from a specified directory on the target system," WikiLeaks reported on its web site.

The previous week, WikiLeaks released details on AfterMidnight and Assassin, two CIA malware frameworks designed to work on Windows.