Hacking Team sold surveillance software to repressive regimes in the Arab region

On July 5, the hackers were hacked, resulting in the release of a 400GB trove of documents demonstrating, among other things, that Hacking Team sold its software to repressive governments, something the company had previously denied. “For Arab human rights defenders,” wrote Abir Ghattas shortly after the hack, the Hacking Team files confirm what they already knew: That Arab governments—including Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia—had purchased and used Hacking Team’s remote intrusion tool, often against activists. The leaks showed that Israel’s police and defence ministry had also considered purchasing the software. A debate centered on whether the export of such technologies should be controlled by the states in which they are produced has been ongoing for several years, with proponents arguing for export regulations and opponents claiming that such regulations could curb online freedoms. While that debate is sure to continue, one thing is certain: Repression, once mainly the domain of governments, has become a multi-million dollar industry and governments, the would-be regulators of these tools, have now become its customers.Arab RegionHacking TeamPopulationCitizenLabHackingTeamsurveillance3.4Jul 30, 2015Jul 5, 2015https://www.digcit.org/2015/07/30/volume-3-4-3/https://www.digcit.org/ar/2015/07/30/volume-3-4-4/https://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/07/08/for-arab-human-rights-defenders-hacking-team-files-confirm-suspicions-of-state-surveillance/ , https://nawaat.org/portail/2015/07/11/hacking-team-la-societe-qui-vous-a-espionne-pendant-la-revolution/ , http://telquel.ma/2015/07/07/encore-preuve-maroc-espionne-ses-citoyens_1454886 , https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/07/leaked-documents-confirm-hacking-team-sells-spyware-repressive-countries/ , http://www.madamasr.com/news/hack-italian-surveillance-firm-uncovers-contract-egypt , http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.665105 , http://www.wired.com/2015/07/moussouris-wassenaar-open-comment-period/ , https://securitystreet.jive-mobile.com/#jive-document?content=%2Fapi%2Fcore%2Fv2%2Fposts%2F7129