Italian Tech Company Sold Spy Software to Repressive Regimes

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Hacking Team, an Italian company that supplies surveillance tools to governments, have themselves been hacked, with over 400GB of their internal data has been leaked online. Hidden in the massive data breach is evidence that the European firm have been selling spying software to the world’s most repressive governments including Sudan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Here is an invoice for €480,000 that Hacking Team sent to the Sudanese Intelligence services.

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In January 2015, Hacking Team told the UN’s Italian representative that it “currently has no business relations or any agreements that would allow the Sudan or any entity in its territory to use the  software“. Oops…




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