Revealed: Pentagon, DEA Secretly Bought Spyware From Front Company

Thursday, April 16, 2015
By Paul Martin

The Italian-based tech company Hacking Team has developed new software capable of remotely manipulating cell phone mics and computer webcams. And they’ve evidently signed a major deal with the US government.

“Here in HackingTeam we believe that fighting crime should be easy,” the company’s website reads, and to that end it develops “offensive technologies” for surveillance purposes. It’s most popular product: the Remote Control System (RCS) spyware.

Little is known about the spyware, but an investigation by Privacy International revealed that RCS is capable of operating microphones on mobile devices, computer webcams, and even pull user data from those sources.
It can, in effect, be used to target anyone on the planet.

“Our technology is used daily to fight crime in six continents,” Hacking Team’s website reads.

The company has come under intense criticism in the past for knowingly providing its technologies for the purpose of targeting journalists and activists. As such, Hacking Team faces strict export controls by the Italian government.

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