by Xavier Connolly
An Italian company develops hacking tools for government security agencies itself became the target of a hacker attack, resulting in its internal documents being leaked online and its deals with numerous governments being exposed.
Milan-based Hacking Team develops spyware and malware tools that can target computers and mobile devices across diverse operating systems. The company claims it legally sells its products used in law enforcement.
Over the weekend the firm was reportedly targeted by a cyber-attack that resulted in 400 gigabytes of documents and source code being leaked online. The identity of those who leaked the sensitive information or the way they obtained it remains unknown. However, the attackers gained control of Hacking Team's corporate Twitter account to report the breach and share a link to a Torrent file with the stolen data.
help, we're being attacked! pic.twitter.com/i2mWW2gqr9
— Hacked Team (@hackingteam) 6 ???? 2015
The hack has shone a spotlight on the widespread demand for such services from governments around the world.
Among Hacking Team’s clients, revealed in invoices and other stolen documents are nation including but not confined to The United States, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Mexico, Panama, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxemburg, Bahrain, Oman, and the UAE.
No doubt the name of a nation close to you will surface as the documents are trawled more thoroughly.
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