Hacking Team

The Weakest Link

It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price

We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4 days ago
The Weakest Link

Hacking Team Hacker Phineas Fisher Has Gotten Away With It

Leaked court documents show that Italian authorities have no idea who hacked the government spyware maker Hacking Team.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.12.18
State of Surveillance

Cyber Sleuths Find Traces of Infamous iPhone and Android Spyware ‘Pegasus’ in 45 Countries

A new report by digital human rights researchers reveals that the infamous spyware Pegasus, made by NSO Group, has traces in 45 countries around the world, including the United States.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.18.18
THEY'RE BACK

Powerful Smartphone Malware Used to Target Amnesty International Researcher

Human rights charity Amnesty International has found hackers attempted to infect one of their researcher's phones with malware from Israeli vendor NSO Group.
Joseph Cox
7.31.18
From the Ashes

New Spyware Company 'Grey Heron' Is Linked to Hacking Team

Grey Heron emerged from the controversial spyware vendor Hacking Team, and is looking to break into the European and North American markets.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.26.18
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Government Malware Company 'Grey Heron' Advertises Signal, Telegram Spyware

There's always a new player in the law enforcement hacking industry.
Joseph Cox
3.7.18
World Of Spyware

Hacking Team Is Still Alive Thanks to a Mysterious Investor From Saudi Arabia

An investor from Saudi Arabia is apparently behind a company that bought a stake in the controversial spyware vendor.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.31.18
State of Surveillance

The Hollowing Middle of the Surveillance Malware Market

Companies will have to choose between law enforcement in the West and authoritarian countries.
Collin Anderson
12.14.17
State of Surveillance

Italian Prosecutor Makes Request to Close Hacking Team Investigation

After more than two years, the Italian prosecutors have nothing to show for their investigation into the spectacular hack of Italian surveillance tech vendor Hacking Team.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
12.12.17
State of Surveillance

Mexican Governor Spied on President With Hacking Team Spyware, Lawsuit Alleges

A former intelligence officer brings to light yet more evidence of surveillance abuses in Mexico.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.30.17
Assessing the Risks

DEA Used Malware Without Laying Out Privacy Risks

According to a Freedom of Information request, the DEA does not have any Privacy Impact Assessments related to using Hacking Team's malware.
Joseph Cox
5.23.17
Busted

Here's a DEA Invoice for Zero-Day Exploits

But the agency hasn’t been particularly successful with Hacking Team’s malware.
Joseph Cox
4.19.17