Hacking Team Says it Was Probably Hacked by a Foreign Government
The irony just gets thicker and thicker in the Hacking Team case, it seems.
Previously, the professional hacking organization found itself owned in a severe hack that left basically everything the company had ever wanted to keep private public. Now the company is saying it was most likely a foreign government. In an interview with a local Italian newspaper (La Stampa), David Vincenzetti, Hacking Team’s CEO, said:
Given its complexity, I think that the attack must have been carried out at a government level, or by someone who has huge funds at their disposal.
A suspicion is not evidence, and the CEO has yet to speculate on who it might have actually been. He also did not discuss what possible motive a foreign government would have for hacking his firm and then dumping the data to the public. This is not a common tactic of government attacks, to turn the files over to the public right after. It would seem that it was another organization, perhaps one that Hacking Team had crossed, who dumped its 400GB of data and posted it on Wikileaks.
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In a more pressing revelation, Hacking Team has revealed that their code is now in the wild. The very tools they’ve been using, including their privately undisclosed exploits and tools like Da Vinci, will now be in the hands of anyone who has the ability to get them. This creates a new paradigm for the company, who mostly had such tools for defense. Although they have worked with a number of less than favored governments in the past, they suspect it was now a nebulous government entity that has hacked them, indicating it must have been one that they would not work with.
Hacking Team has been called a “corporate enemy of the Internet” by Reporters Without Borders, and the tools that may now be lurking around the Dark Net have serious capabilities. Surveillance could now be in the hands of the highest bidder, rather than in the hands of the government. Companies might even purchase the software as a rebranded product, and have no idea. There’s no telling what might happen now that the code is out in the wild.
What we do know is that the Hacking Team dump just produces more and more surprises.
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