Hacking Team has warned that a devastating data breach it suffered will allow its spying tools to be used by criminals and terrorists.
The Milan-based security company, which develops surveillance tools for mostly government clients, saw more than 400GB of internal data released on Sunday, including emails, clients lists, financial information and source code.
“Terrorists, extortionists and others can deploy this technology at will if they have the technical ability to do so,” wrote Hacking Team spokesman Eric Rabe in a news release on Wednesday. “We believe this is an extremely dangerous situation.”
The debate over encryption and backdoors for law enforcement has long had a surplus of opinions and a deficit of data. On Wednesday, however, New York district attorney Cyrus Vance offered one actual number into the mix: The Manhattan DA’s office has encountered 74 iPhones whose full-disk encryption stymied a law enforcement investigation.
Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, FBI Director Comey wants you to know that he doesn’t want another crypto war. As he said today in hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), he just wants a discussion. Of course, it’s hard to have a discussion when you’re not listening to anyone else. And in this case, Comey and those who support weakening encryption simply aren’t listening to the experts telling them that backdoors or golden keys just won’t keep us safe.