The online whistleblower WikiLeaks has published more than 400GB of pilfered source codes and private emails following the anonymous hacking of Hacking Team, an Italian cybersecurity and software surveillance company.
Wikileaks announced Thursday that it has compiled a searchable database of more than 1 million messages, which shines yet further light on the Milan-based Spyware Vendor’s publicity-shy clients.
According to a report by CNBC News, lawmakers in Italy have been informed that the huge security breach of Hacking Team is being looked into to determine whether or not Italy’s national security has been compromised. The report by CNBC also revealed that according to Eric Rabe, a spokesman for Hacking Team, the company has not lost any clients.
Wikileaks’ new database will likely prove to make uncomfortable online reading for many foreign governments. Among those on the database are governments that have, in the past, denied using surveillance technology to spy on either citizens or other regimes were, or still are, working with Hacking Team.
Tech Times has reported that Hacking Team’s largest clients include a number of Mexican Government agencies and both the Mexico Police and Mexico Navy appear on Hacking Team’s list of ex-clients. A number of Indian government agencies are also incriminated in the online database. They include the country’s Intelligence Bureau, the National Investigation Army and the Cabinet Secretariat.
According to the report, government agencies in Australia are also said to have had talks with Hacking Team through Criterion Solutions, which is a Singaporean company. Criterion Solutions has, however, denied having any association with Hacking team in an interview with ABC Australia.
Britain’s Metropolitan Police Service and the country’s National Crime Agency, which is the equivalent of America’s FBI, also appears to have held talks with Hacking Team in order to buy a license for its software, in a deal worth roughly $596,000. The deal did not go ahead.