An individual who did work for Hacking Team was in contact with hackers working for a terrorist organization, and disgruntled employees — who deny the charge — were planning to sell an antidote to the spyware vendor’s surveillance software, an Italian newspaper reported Friday.
A general in the Italian foreign intelligence service (AISE), identified as “G” in internal emails published by WikiLeaks three weeks ago, told Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti that “an ex-collaborator of Hacking Team is working with foreign hackers who collaborate with terrorist organizations,” according to Il Fatto Quotidiano.
Hacking Team, a Milan-based company that sold surveillance software to law enforcement agencies around the world and was criticized for helping oppressive regimes crack down on their political opponents, suffered a disastrous security breach at the beginning of July, with 400 GB of confidential information eventually dumped online.
Two employees had left the company and were suspected of planning to market their own antidote to HT’s “Galileo” Remote Control System, which exploited zero day vulnerabilities to monitor the devices of targeted individuals, the paper said. Among potential customers for the anti-HT technology were two Pakistani businessmen, who were prepared to invest US $500,000 in the venture, it said.
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