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Hacking Team Used Spammer Tricks

8 years ago | 15456 Views

Hacking Team is in the business of selling exploits that allow clients to secretly deploy spyware on targeted systems.

Hacking Team RCS spyware came pre-loaded with an ‬Unified Extensible Firmware Interface ‪BIOS rootkit to hide itself on infected systems, it has emerged following the recent hacking of the controversial surveillance firm.‬

The spyware deployed by Hacking Team’s exploits are essentially remote-access Trojan horse programs designed to hoover up stored data from infected devices, giving the malware’s operator full control over victim machines.

This type of setup is very similar to the way spammers and cybercriminals design “botnets,” huge collections of hacked PCs that are harvested for valuable data and used for a variety of nefarious purposes.

No surprise, then, that Hacking Team placed its control servers in this case at an ISP that was heavily favored by spammers.

Hacking Team, the Italian spyware vendor, was hacked earlier this month, and 400GB of its internal data was released.

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Tags: Hacking Team, Spammers, Security, Spyware


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Anonymous user 8 years
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Sergey 8 years
Hacking Team was hacked two weeks ago and had its data published all over the Internet; the police allegedly suspect the involvement of former company insiders.
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