While these are consumer devices and the CIA isn't a corporate rival trying to steal business secrets, large enterprises and the cyber security companies that protect their networks have reason to take note.
Wireless phones are integral parts of corporate and government networks, and many enterprises have bring-your-own-device policies that connect personal cell phones -- and their vulnerabilities -- to systems containing sensitive data.
WikiLeaks late Tuesday released a collection of documents totaling 7,818 pages which detail the government's alleged efforts to hack into, monitor and, in some cases, remotely control popular devices including iPhones, Android devices and Samsung (SSNLF) smart TVs.
A single news cycle worth of cyber paranoia isn't enough to drive significant changes in corporate security, JMP Securities analyst Erik Suppiger said, but it certainly serves as a reminder of what enterprises must guard against.
Editor's pick: This article was originally published on March 8.
"Something like this could raise awareness at the board level that enterprises need to be very careful about what exactly is going on on their networks that they don't know about" he said. "Obviously they are using cell phones so there is certainly some reason for them to be more aware of it."