(INDEPENDENT) — Hacking Team, an Italian set of hackers that hires out its services to governments and other organisations, has been hacked. The documents taken in the attack have been leaked online, appearing to show the company’s dealings with a range of oppressive governments.
The hackers took the alleged files and distributed them through Hacking Team’s own channels — changing its Twitter account to “Hacked Team”, for instance, and sharing links to what appears to be all of the group’s files. Included in the 400GB torrent file download — which appeared to contain many of the firm’s most sensitive files — were lists from 2014 and 2015 that appeared to show all of its clients.
Two of those clients were marked “not officially supported”, including Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service. Other countries listed in the spreadsheet are widely condemned as oppressive regimes, including the governments of Egypt, Azerbijan and Saudi Arabia.
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