Surveillance software vendor Hacking Team hacked

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Italian surveillance software slingers Hacking Team has allegedly been cracked by hackers, who exfiltrated some 400Gbs of data.

The plunder has been uploaded to BitTorrent in a monstrous listing of directories, allegedly including audio recordings, emails, and source code.

Hacking Team sells the Da Vinci malware surveillance software to law enforcement agencies claiming to only deal with ethical governments. It is marked as an Enemy of the Internet by activist outfit Reporters Without Borders.

The unknown hackers also hijacked Hacking Team’s Twitter account and, at the time of writing, are tweeting screenshots of emails stolen in the raid.

The trove also allegedly reveals all Hacking Team customers and when they purchased the software


The company is said to count Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Lebanon among its customers.

Chile allegedly bought the software last year for $US2.85 million, according to exploit activist Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) who is analysing the data.

Torrent file listing
Torrent file listing

Some of those may in coming days be scrambling to switch off the surveillance software due to source code being made public.

The claims are unverified at the time of writing. (This writer lives just outside of Australia’s tiny National Broadband Network and as a result has not yet downloaded the huge cache).

Hackers are tweeting the alleged contents of the stolen emails from Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti which appear to reveal dealings with oppressive governments.

hacked team

The torrent listings also allegedly contain login credentials for the company’s support sites in Egypt, Mexico, and Turkey.



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