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Hacking Team hackers questioned over Hacking Team hack

Reports have emerged that ex-staff of hacked spookware-spaffer Hacking Team have been questioned by police in Milan. According to Reuters, Italian police have questioned six ex-employees of the company, adding that the unnamed staff in question were already suspected of leaking the company's secrets. Spookeware boss David …
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Dutch MEP whacks Hacking Team over embargo-busting

The Hacking Team fallout continues, with Dutch member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake asking for a European Commission (EC) investigation into the outfit. Schaake wants the EC to decide whether Hacking Team broke various embargo rules by selling products to repressive regimes (she name-checks Azerbaijan, Bahrain, …

Hacking Team: We're the good guys, but SO misunderstood. Like Batman

The boss of Italian spy firm Hacking Team has spoken out for the first time about the recent massive hack of the company databases. This has exposed severe software security holes and gifted terrorists with zero-day exploits, among other things. David Vincenzetti, in an interview with La Stampa newspaper, claimed his firm …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jul 2015

Security world chuckles at Hacking Team’s 'virus torrent' squeals

Controversial spyware maker Hacking Team claims a torrent purporting to contain source code and other documents stolen from its systems is riddled with a "virus" – a claim laughed at by independent security experts in the industry. Some 400GB of Hacking Team's internal emails, source code, and other files were published via …
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2015
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Hacking Team's snoopware 'spied on anti-communist activists in Vietnam'

Security researchers are linking malware sent to anti-communist activists in Vietnam to controversial commercial spyware firm Hacking Team. The assault dating from 2012-13 appears to use Hacking Team's MSN+Skype tabs, according to preliminary analysis by MalwareMustDie. ‪"‬It seems their govt bought such solution as toolset …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2015

Hacking Team hacked: Spyware source code torrent blurts govt customers

Italian surveillance-ware developer Hacking Team has been infiltrated by hackers, who have leaked online 400GB of secret source code and other internal data. The plundered booty is being shared via BitTorrent, and appears to include audio recordings, emails, documentation, invoices, and source code. Hacking Team sells the Da …
Darren Pauli, 06 Jul 2015

Pwned Hacking Team tells cops, govts to shut down software

Flayed surveillance outfit Hacking Team is telling customers to suspend running instances of its software after 400GB of its source code and internal data was stolen and posted online. The Milan company sells spy software to law enforcement agencies, and has been accused by activist groups of happily signing up oppressive …
Darren Pauli, 07 Jul 2015

Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

A respected security researcher has denied any involvement with Hacking Team after open-source code he wrote was found in smartphone spyware sold by the surveillance-ware maker. Collin Mulliner works in SecLab at Northeastern University in Massachusetts, US, and is a regular at hacking conferences. He told The Register he's …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2015

Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

Spyware peddler Hacking Team is moaning that, since its internal source code was leaked online, its tools for infecting PCs with malware are now in the hands of "terrorists and extortionists." The Italian biz is not wrong ... in a way: the leaked code, which exploits vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and the Windows operating …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015

Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

The Hacking Team pushed out a new statement on Wednesday, moaning that the only victim of the mega-breach against its systems is Hacking Team itself. Eric Rabe, the firm's chief marketing and communications officer, complained that the controversial outfit is “being treated as the offender, and the criminals who attacked the …
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2015
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Spyware-spewing Wi-Fi drone found on Hacking Team, Boeing's todo list

Leaked emails have exposed plans by Hacking Team and a Boeing subsidiary to deliver spyware via drones for sale to government agencies. The scheme proposed the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to deliver Hacking Team's Remote Control System Galileo spyware via Wi-Fi networks from above. Boeing subsidiary Insitu …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2015
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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

‪Hacking Team RCS spyware came pre-loaded with an UEFI (‬Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) ‪BIOS rootkit to hide itself on infected systems, it has emerged following the recent hacking of the controversial surveillance firm.‬ The stealth infection tactic, which has been revealed through leaked emails arising from last …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015
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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

Updated Government legislation to exempt GCHQ from prosecution on charges of illegal hacking has been passed and come into effect – apparently torpedoing an ongoing claim against the surveillance agency being heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. Last July, a coalition of internet service providers and international organisations …
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Hacking Team had RATted on Android: Trend Micro

The next piece of weaponised malware to emerge out of the Hacking Team leak has arrived: a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for Android. Trend Micro researchers trawling the 400 GB of leaked files apparently have the honour of first discovery: RCSAndroid, it says, is “one of the most professionally developed and sophisticated” …

KILL FLASH WITH FIRE until a patch comes: Hacking Team exploit is in the wild

So it's confirmed: the Adobe Flash vulnerability revealed in the Hacking Team hack is out in the wild being used, and there's no patch yet. Flash users beware! Two sources, Malwarebytes and Malware Don't Need Coffee, have documented updates to the Neutrino exploit kit and Angler exploit kit, respectively. Both kits, which are …

Hacked Hacking Team team – like everyone in security – read The Register

Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti and his staff were avid readers of The Register, frequently recommending our articles to one another. A trawl through the company's email records, which were hacked and revealed to the world this week, reveals that Vincenzetti ran something of an in-house news service in which his researchers …
Darren Pauli, 10 Jul 2015

GET PATCHED: Adobe plugs Hacking Team Flash holes and more

Adobe has released patches for its Flash software to fix a pair of critical security vulnerabilities exposed by the Hacking Team megabreach. The bugs can be exploited to hijack PCs and infect them with malware – and crooks are already doing just that, so apply the updates now. The security bulletin for Adobe Flash Player ( …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015

Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

A Swedish local authority is seeking almost £40,000 in damages from a 17-year-old who hacked its IT system, Umeå, in northern Sweden, is demanding half a million Swedish kroner from Erik Sundqvist as compensation for damages incurred after the then-16-year-old hacked into the municipal system. Sundqvist, who says he only …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Mar 2015

Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

Updated Two more serious Adobe Flash vulnerabilities have emerged from the leaked Hacking Team files, ones which allow malefactors to take over computers remotely – and crooks are apparently already exploiting at least one of them to infect machines. The use-after-free() programming flaws, for which no patches exist, are identified as …
Chris Williams, 12 Jul 2015
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Teen pleads guilty in Microsoft and Valve hacking case

A man from Indiana has pleaded guilty for his role in a hacking ring that targeted major games developers. Austin Alcala, 19, from the town of McCordsville, admitted guilt (PDF) to charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and criminal copyright infringement. Alcala will be sentenced on a July 29 hearing, where he could …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Apr 2015

Microsoft kills TWO Hacking Team vulns: NOT the worst in this Patch Tues either

Microsoft has released fixes for 59 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its software – including a patch for the elevation-of-privilege flaw in Windows exploited by spyware maker Hacking Team. There's a patch (MS15-065) for a remote-code execution bug in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and 8.1 that also emerged from the Hacking …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015
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Hacking Team: We’ll be back in the spyware biz before you know it

Hacked snoopware maker Hacking Team says it will continue its operations as soon as possible – and claims the huge source-code leak it suffered didn’t get all of the company's crown jewels. "What happened earlier this summer in the attack on our company was a reckless and vicious crime," said CEO David Vincenzetti in the …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jul 2015

Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

Mozilla has temporarily blocked Flash in Firefox while waiting for Adobe to release patches to fix yet more serious security holes in the Swiss-cheese-like plugin. These holes can be exploited by criminals to hijack PCs and infect them with malware; details of the bugs emerged from leaked Hacking Team files. Firefox began …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015
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Bloke thrown in the clink for hacking SIXTY PER CENT of Americans

A Vietnamese crook has started a 13-year stretch behind bars for hacking into corporate America, and offering to sell personal information on 200 million US citizens. Hieu Minh Ngo, 25, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, identity fraud, and access device fraud charges, and four counts of computer fraud and abuse. Judge Paul J. …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jul 2015

Hacking Team havoc shows even 'security experts' suck at security

Analysis Over the weekend, 400GB of highly sensitive files belonging to Italian malware spyware software house Hacking Team were spread over the internet for everyone to see. The leaked source code and documents look legit, and match what is already known about the secretive firm, which specializes in selling software for monitoring …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2015
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KILLER! Adobe Flash, Windows zero-day vulns leak from Hacking Team raid

Updated Confidential source code stolen from Hacking Team, and subsequently leaked online, has revealed new and extremely serious software vulnerabilities that are exploited by the spyware maker to infect victims' computers. The security holes are used to inject malicious code into PCs; that code installs surveillance tools to monitor …
Chris Williams, 07 Jul 2015
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Germany drops probe into NSA's Merkel phone-hacking

German attorney general (Generalbundesanwalt) Harald Range has dropped the investigation into spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel because the allegation could not be proved by “legally watertight means.” In October 2013, media reports suggested that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had snooped on Mutti’s phone. Range …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Jun 2015

BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

A proposed "electronic interference" code for spooks will sanction pervasive hacking powers without judicial or parliamentary scrutiny, experts and campaigners have warned. The government slipped out its consultation documents on "equipment interference" and "interception of communications" last month – on the same day the …
Kat Hall, 09 Mar 2015
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Phone hacking blitz hammers UK.biz's poor VoIP handsets

UK businesses are getting disproportionately targeted by a surge of attacks against Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. The growing use of VoIP technology in business and a greater availability of hacking tools that dumb down the process of hacking into systems has led to an increase in attacks worldwide. UK-based systems are being …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2015
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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

A New York City Police Department auxiliary deputy inspector faces charges of hacking into a restricted NYPD computer and other law enforcement databases, including a system maintained by the FBI. Yehuda Katz, 45, of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly used the databases to obtain information about local traffic accident victims …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015
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Spyware-for-cops Hacking Team faces off against privacy critics

Controversial spyware-for-cops outfit Hacking Team has defended its snooping and come out on the offensive against security research critics. Last week Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept published what it asserted were secret manuals illustrating how Hacking Team sold its spyware sold to authoritarian regimes around the world. The …
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2014

Privacy bods Detekt Hacking Team code nasty dressed as bookmark manager

The Detekt privacy tool has discovered Hacking Team's Windows spyware masquerading as a benign bookmark manager. Detekt was launched last week and offers users of Windows systems to inspect their machines for traces of known government spyware. Developer Claudio Guarnieri said on Twitter the tool discovered the malicious …
Darren Pauli, 26 Nov 2014
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Alleged Aussie Anon hauled in for Indonesia phone tap hacking spat

A Melbourne man has been charged with instigating an Indonesian-led hack of Australian intelligence websites as an alleged member of the Anonymous collective. Matthew John Hutchison, 21, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court this week over allegations he convinced Indonesian Anonymous hackers angry over October 2013 revelations that …
Darren Pauli, 27 Feb 2015

'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

The so-called "Aaron's Law," named after the late activist Aaron Swartz, is back before US Congress having been reintroduced on Wednesday in both houses. Silicon Valley rep Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and tech-savvy senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) have put the legislation on the table a second time after it was effectively ignored last session …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Apr 2015
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Danish court finds Pirate Bay cofounder guilty of hacking CSC servers

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, cofounder of the Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking charges by a court in Denmark, which ruled that he and a 21-year-old accomplice had hacked US technology company CSC to gain access to Danish government servers. "We welcome the decision of the court, and the trial clearly demonstrated the …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2014

Papa don't breach: Wannabe singer jailed for hacking Madonna

An aspiring-singer-turned-hacker has been jailed for accessing Madonna's online accounts and stealing her unreleased music tracks. Adi Lederman, 39, had unsuccessfully appeared on Israel’s Kochav Nolad TV talent show before breaking into Team Madonna's email inbox and cloud-based systems last year to steal photographs and …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2015
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Supposed 'leader' of LulzSec pleads guilty to hacking, hubris

Matthew Flannery, once paraded by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as the “leader” of international hacking collective LulzSec, has pleaded guilty to the five remaining charges against him, in Gosford Local Court. Flannery has waited since April 2013 to have the case settled. He is to be sentenced at a later date. At the …
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Voteware source code review 'could lead to hacking'

Australia's special minister of state has weighed in on solicitor Michael Cordover's freedom of information request to peruse the source code of the application used to count votes in Australian Senate elections with a bizarre suggestion that granting such a request could “leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2014

Referee and two others charged in FA hacking probe

Three people from the Manchester area have been charged over allegations they hacked into computer systems at English football governing body, the FA. Dean Mohareb, 30, of Weybourne Drive, Woodley, Stockport has been charged with perverting the course of justice and unauthorised access to computer data. Liam Cliff, 19, of …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2013

Ethiopian journos hit by Hacking Team spyware, say infosec bods

Ethiopian journalists in the US were targeted by malware sold exclusively to governments by the Hacking Team company, according to security researchers. Staffers at Ethiopian Satellite Television Service (ESAT), an independent TV, radio, and online news outlet run by Ethiopian ex-pats, was targeted repeatedly by spyware in late …
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2014
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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

A review panel has tossed aside accusations that the US Central Intelligence Agency hacked into computers used by Senate aides investigating the torture of terror suspects, saying the CIA did nothing wrong. The CIA has been criticized by several lawmakers – in particular, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2015

Hacking Team snoopware found on US servers

Canada's Citizen Lab has added to its record of uncovering government snooping using Hacking Team's software, has dropped a bombshell: it's accused 12 American data centres of hosting clients deploying the spyware. In its latest report, Hacking Team's US Nexus, Citizen Lab* says there are 114 servers in America, in at least a …
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Second hacking crew joins Syrian Electronic Army on Team Assad

A second hacking crew has weighed into the conflict in Syria on the side of embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Net security firm FireEye reckons it has identified 11 members of the "Syrian Malware Team" after analysing a strain of malware called BlackWorm. The malware is used by the group to infiltrate targets, say the …
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2014
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Iranian hacktivists move into hardcore hacking against West, dissidents

Security firm FireEye has been tracking an Iranian hacking group that has moved from simple defacement of websites to actively targeting Western defense contractors and those within Iran's borders who are trying to circumvent the regime's censorship firewall. The hacking group, calling itself the Ajax Security Team, has been …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2014
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UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve

The US government have laid more hacking charges against a Brit alleged to have hacked into the US Federal Reserve. Lauri Love, 28, of Stradishall, Suffolk, is charged with one count of computer hacking and a further charge of aggravated identify theft over an alleged attack on Federal Reserve computer systems between October …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2014

Time-rich hacking crew scrawls web graffiti all over poor old .ME

Hackers have defaced more than 3,000 .me websites in a web graffiti attack carried out on Sunday. Pakistani defacement crew TeaM MaDLeeTs pulled off the attack after breaking into the systems of domain.ME, the organisation responsible for the registration of Montenegro (.me) domain names. Surfers visiting any one of 3,110 …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2014
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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

Iowa state lottery's IT security boss hacked his employer's computer system, and rigged the lottery so he could buy a winning ticket in a subsequent draw. On Tuesday, at the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa, the disgraced director of information security was found guilty of fraud. Eddie Tipton, 52, installed a …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jul 2015
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Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details

A former US Navy sysadmin who worked in an aircraft carrier's nuclear reactor department has been charged with hacking into government networks using the USN's own computers. Prosecutors have alleged that Nicholas Paul Knight, 27, of Chantilly, Virginia, and his co-accused, 20-year-old Daniel Trenton of Salem, Illinois, were …
Jasper Hamill, 07 May 2014
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'Sony and Twitch' hacking crew Lizard Squad: 'We quit'

The Lizard Squad hacking crew appears to have called it quits over the weekend following high profile assaults on Sony as well as online attacks on Blizzard and Twitch, a broadcast platform for gamers, among others. The eight-strong group of trickster hackers posted a notice of their intention to throw in the towel on their …
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2014

Kali turns Nexus fondleslabs into hacking weapons

Every hacker's favourite operating system, Kali Linux, has been brought to Google Nexus in a move that brings portable popping to a new level. Nexus users running the NetHunter penetration testing platform can now launch their attacks including Teensy keyboard and BadUSB man-in-the-middle (MITM) networking attacks via USB human …
Darren Pauli, 24 Sep 2014