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This article was published on July 7, 2015

    Hacked surveillance company struggles to regain control

    Hacked surveillance company struggles to regain control
    Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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    Abhimanyu Ghoshal

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    Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

    Controversial Italian security firm Hacking Team was hacked itself on Sunday and 400GB of its data was made public. Since then, its attempts at damage control have, ironically, just led to more damage.

    Christian Pozzi, Hacking Team’s CEO, woke up on Monday to find his personal account details had been leaked. He then threatened security researchers for discussing his poorly chosen passwords on Twitter.

    Subsequently, Pozzi’s Twitter account was hacked and shut down.

    Motherboard reports that Hacking Team asked its customers to shut down operations using its software. What’s interesting is that a leaked file documenting a ‘crisis procedure’ indicated that the company could do that for its clients remotely, without their knowledge.

    Motherboard’s source also suggested that Hacking Team was still unable to access its email systems as late as Monday afternoon.

    The identity of the attacker is still unknown and may remain that way. Hacking Team has made a lot of enemies thanks to its history of supplying digital surveillance and intrusion tools to governments across the globe.

    Hacking Team responds to data breach, issues public threats and denials [CSO Online]

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