Hacking Team Admitted Selling Software to EthiopiaAdded: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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David Vincenzetti, 47, the founder of cybersecurity firm Hacking Team, commented on the hacker attack, which resulted in the leak of 400GB of its data, and in his speech he insisted that they “were the good guys”.
The founder of the Italian-based company said that the cyber attack, which resulted in publishing the code for company’s hacking tools and its email archive on the Internet, occurred not due to poor security or weak passwords. In addition, David Vincenzetti is sure that the hacker could have only been an organization “at the governmental level”, because the attack was planned for months. For some reason, he silenced why Hacking Team failed to notice the attack in this case.
As for the risen concerns over Hacking Team supplying hacking instruments to repressive governments that could be used to hack into and spy on virtually anyone, the company’s founder confirmed that Hacking Team did sell tools to Libya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco and Sudan – this cooperation was exposed by the leaked email archive. However, Vincenzetti denied dealing with Syria, pointing out that the geopolitics changes rapidly and that Hacking Team does not trade in weapons that can be used for years. In other words, if the situation changes, the company’s tools can be rapidly blocked by cyber security countermeasures without regular updates.
Talking about the Ethiopian government, known to use the company’s software to spy on journalists and activists, Hacking Team founder explained that when they knew this, they decided to stop supplying them last year.
In the meantime, the impact of the Hacking Team data leak still affects wider cubersecurity, including the exposure of more flaws within Adobe’s Flash plugin, which were actively being exploited after the attack.
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