Hacking Team: Situation out of control, these are the alarming words of the press release issued by the Milan-based company under a heavy attack on July 6 by a (group) of hacker.
The Milan-based company is in charge of software for espionage and has clients as governments around the world. One of the reasons of the attack seems to be just that, as customers have dictatorial governments using these software to spy on journalists and activists, and all this was well put on display for several screenshots posted on the company’s Twitter profile.
In fact behind the attack there would be far less noble reasons and only related to the business, it is believed to strip Hacking Team has been a competitor who wants to scuttle the company to offer itself as an alternative. In a sector like the intelligence anonymity is essential, beyond the capabilities, in order to procure customers and currently Hacking Team is anything but anonymous.
Today, a press of the same company in Milan learns that the “situation is out of control”. We have lost the ability to control who uses our technology. Terrorists, extortionists and others can possess it. ” Very serious if you consider how many are using this technology, the 400GB of data stolen should give an idea and apparently are not the only, but many more gigabytes could be in the hands of hackers.
The statement continues “We believe it is a dangerous situation, it is now evident that there is a serious threat. We are considering whether it is possible to contain the damage. Our engineers are working apace to upgrade our software Remote Control System that allows customers to get information and intelligence on criminals. Our customers have suspended the use of this system has been compromised by the attack. It is an important step to protect information and investigative police. ”
From attack to Hacking Team seems also emerged a vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player that seems to have been exploited by hackers. Adobe announced it is working on a patch to fix the problem in a very short time and this morning seems to have already reached the solution at least for Windows 8.1.