The Hacking Team, an Italian technology firm has just had over 400 GB of emails and private company records stolen and uploaded to WikiLeaks, and the secrets revealed by the documents have shocked many.
It was an unfortunate name choice for a group that had specializes in software used for spying on anonymous servers. According to the The Guardian, the Italian tech company, Hacking Team, was cyber-attacked by a group of unidentified hackers last week.
Wikileaks has just amassed a collection of all the data stolen from the Hacking Team’s servers and posted it in an easily searchable database. Most of the 400 GB of emails and company records don’t’ reveal anything all that interesting, but there are some documents that have many asking questions of the Italian firm.
Members of Hacking Team seemed to be in talks revolving the sale of a specific type of software to NICE, a business partner of Uzbekistan’s National Security Service. The country is infamous for more than a few human rights and business violations. So why was Hacking Team cutting deals with NICE?
As reporters sift through hacked data posted to WikiLeaks, they began to notice that Hacking Team was also in contact with an interior minister of Saudi Arabia, assuring him that the firm’s program could penetrate the anonymity of Tor, a supposedly faceless deep-web browser.
Hacking Team claims that their software could spy on people who assume they are untraceable on Tor. The number of high-profile governments looking to use the software is certainly startling, and concerns about privacy are growing amidst the knowledge that nothing on the internet is truly anonymous.