A team of hackers have targeted and retrieved 400 GB of data from the Italian company specializing in hacking others.
Recently in a very ironic turn of events the Italian firm ‘Hacking Team’, which has long been suspected of spying for government agencies, was hacked. The Hacking Team has long been providing intrusion and surveillance tools to governments and law enforcement agencies.
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The hackers who attacked the Hacking Team have retrieved 400 GB of data from the firm and are leaking it online. The documents leaked worth 400 GB of data consist of details about the company’s client lists, passwords and other details into its own products, according to CSO.
The Hacking Team had described itself as an organization which provides effective and easy technology for law enforcement and intelligence groups. One of the Hacking Team’s tools called Davinci is capable of accessing SMS, Emails and browsing history of specific targets.
The documents leaked online have also revealed its connections with countries that have strict regimes. The Hacking Team had previously denied it had any connections with the Sudan government but the hacked data reveals the company has received an invoice worth 480,000 Euros from Sudan.
Other sensitive data reveals emails from the Prime Minister of Ethiopia thanking the Hacking Team for having secured data on a target with high value.
Documents also reveal FBI, DEA and the Department of Defense both have ties with the Hacking Team. The FBI apparently had a contract with the firm until June 2015, while the DEA is currently working on a renewal of contract with the firm.
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Some of the leaked passwords of the hacking team reveal the firm itself was not very smart when it came to its own security. Passwords such as ‘HTPassw0rd’, ‘Passw0rd!81’, ‘Passw0rd’, ‘Passw0rd!’ and ‘Pas$w0rd’ are some of the example of passwords used by the Hacking Team.