An Italian company called Hacking Team is known for the creation of surveillance solutions for government agencies and others. Hacking Team is a pretty sleazy company, selling surveillance software to all sorts of authoritarian governments around the world. Reporters Without Borders calls it one of the enemies of the Internet. The company recently got hacked itself and many of the company’s secrets are now visible to everyone on the Internet.
Security and encryption expert Bruce Schneier recently reviewed and wrote about many of the now-publicHacking Team documents at https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/2015/0715.html#13. As a footnote about Hacking Team’s ability to intercept cell phone communications, he states, “Hacking Team had no exploits for an un-jailbroken iPhone. Seems like the platform of choice if you want to stay secure.”