Sponsor Robert Siciliano as he runs the Boston Marathon for Miles for Miracles, Children's Hospital Boston
ROBERT SICILIANO is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds.


Check here if you're human


Even Hackers get hacked

Pin It

Burglars get burgled, muggers get mugged, and hackers get hacked. This includes a sophisticated ring of hackers: Hacking Team, hailing from Italy, specializing in selling hacking software to major governments.

10DAn article on wired.com describes how a “400 gigabyte trove” went online by anonymous hackers who gutted the Hacking Team, including source code. Even their Twitter feed was hacked, and the secret hackers tweeted HT’s cracked files.

One of the exposed files apparently was a list of HT’s customer information, spanning the Middle East, Africa and the U.S.

Hacking Team must really be the Humiliated Team now, because they refused to respond to WIRED’s request for a comment. However, one of HT’s workers tweeted that their mystery hackers were spreading lies. His tweet was then hacked.

Sudan was one of the customers, and this shows that Hacking Team believed it could sell hacking software to any government, as Sudan is noted for its ultra-high restrictions to access.

Can the selling of hacking software be equated to the sales of weapons of mass destruction? More likely this is so than not. There is an arms control pact, the Wassenaar Agreement, designed to control the sales internationally of hacking tools.

Criticisms of the Wassenaar Agreement come from hackers (not necessarily only the bad ones) because the Agreement limits security research.

Eric King, from Privacy International, points out that the Agreement is required. Wired.com quotes him: “Some form of regulation is needed to prevent these companies from selling to human rights abusers.”

The Hacking Team organization, despite what it insists, should not be considered a “good guy.” For example, Citizen Lab uncovered that customers, including the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, used tools from Hacking Team to spy on a political dissident—who just happened subsequently get beaten up.

Eric King says, as quoted in wired.com, that Hacking Team “has continuously thrown mud, obfuscated, tried to confuse the truth.” The hacking of Hacking Team will help reveal the truth behind their “deviousness and duplicity in responding to what are legitimate criticisms,” says King.

Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert to BestIDTheftCompanys.com discussing identity theft prevention.

About the Author
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.

Similar Posts

  • Beware of Amazon’s scary Customer Service Hack
    Do you shop at Amazon.com? Are you aware they have a back door through which hackers can slip in? Let’s look at Eric’s experience with hackers and Amazon, as he recounts at medium.com/@espringe. He received an e-mail from Amazon and contacted them to see what it was about. Amazon informed him that he had had a text-chat
  • Cheating Website hacked hard
    Bad guys hacked bad guys. Hmmm, whose side should we take? Ashleymadison.com got hacked. This site helps and suggests married people cheat. The hack threatens millions of users, potentially revealing their credit card information, addresses, real names, pictures and content of their chat logs. This dating site has 37 million users and is owned by Avid Life
  • Goodguy Hacker Selling Bad Guy hacks
    Makes you wonder what these guys would have accomplished had they been born during the Renaissance…case in point: Kevin Mitnick, whose genius was so impressive as a cyber criminal (he hacked into IBM, Motorola, Sun Microsystems and other big-name outfits), that after serving prison time, he was hired as a good guy to help security
  • Hacker for hire a rising Trend
    Hackers and wannabe hackers can easily purchase cheap tools of the trade online. The security firm Dell SecureWorks Inc. confirms this in their latest report and adds that underground markets for hackers, including those from Russia, is thriving. The “Dark Web” is the go-to place for hackers looking for guidance and tools like malware. Yes, you
  • Hackers for Hire both Good and Bad
    Ever see those public bulletin boards with all the business cards on them? Don’t be surprised if you spot one that says “Hacker•for•Hire.” These are hackers who will, for a nice juicy fee, hack into your wife’s Facebook account to see if she’s cheating on you. However, there’s at least one hackmaking site that matches hackers

Comments are closed.

Xtreme School

Featured in

Anderson Cooper John Stossel Robert Siciliano Featured in
Browse by Month

Browse by Category