Sunday 25 September 2016

Military chiefs: No software bought from hacker firm

Published 10/07/2015 | 02:30

Data said to be stolen from an Italian-based company which specialises in hacking and eavesdropping, Hacking Team, has appeared online
Data said to be stolen from an Italian-based company which specialises in hacking and eavesdropping, Hacking Team, has appeared online

The Defence Forces has denied claims that it purchased surveillance software from a controversial hacking company, which itself has been hacked.

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Data said to be stolen from an Italian-based company which specialises in hacking and eavesdropping, Hacking Team, has appeared online.

The 400GB of emails, passwords and other hacked information includes four emails between the firm and members of the Irish Defence Forces dated July 3 2012; April 16 2014; December 14 2014; and May 28 2015.

The first leaked email related to organising a meeting between Defence Forces personnel and the company's account manager in Prague, while the second mentioned a meeting at the end of 2013.

One email from the company claims that towards the end of 2013 "purchasing a solution" was discussed at a meeting.

The most recent email named a Defence Forces member telling a Hacking Team employee that he looked forward to meeting him the following week.

"The Defence Forces confirms that no services were purchased from the company in question," a spokesman said last night.

He would not comment any further on the allegations "for operational security reasons.

Hacking Team makes surveillance software used by governments to tap into phones and computers.

It confirmed the breach of its systems is being investigated by law enforcement authorities and recommend clients suspend use of its software. The company's Twitter account was also hacked.

Irish Independent

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