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Tuesday, July 7th

Government exploit vendor hacked, client data exposed, Australian agencies potentially compromised “One of the world's most notorious providers of offensive information technology to governments has had its internal systems breached and customer documentation dumped on the open internet. Hacking Team, founded in 2003 and based in Milan, Italy, provides surveillance software and intrusion tools to law enforcement agencies around the world … The company's primary surveillance tool - dubbed Da Vinci - earned it a spot on the Reporters Without Borders Enemies of the Internet list. Its products allow governments to monitor online communications, record voice-over-IP (VoIP) sessions, remotely activate microphones and cameras, and break encrypted files and emails. The company's Twitter account was today compromised, and around 400GB of internal emails, files and source code were leaked to the internet, and spread via social media … A leaked client renewal list reveals the Australian Federal Police appeared at one stage to have made use of Hacking Team's technology.” (Also: Firm sold spying tools to repressive regimes, documents claim)