This week’s document leak from surveillance software vendor Hacking Team provided new details on the burgeoning growth of a private surveillance industry which has spread globally without any meaningful oversight. While revealing many new and concerning aspects of Hacking Team’s activities, it also confirmed a number of theories we’ve long suspected about their operations.
The takeover of the SourceForge account for the Windows version of the open-source GIMP image editing tool reported by Ars last week is hardly the first case of the once-pioneering software repository attempting to cash in on open-source projects that have gone inactive or have actually attempted to shut down their SourceForge accounts.
Like Microsoft trying to capture a meaningful portion of the smartphone market, getting a foothold in the music streaming business is no small feat. The crowded industry is currently dominated by Spotify and Pandora, with Apple Music and Microsoft's recently-rebranded Groove trying to make names for themselves, and the competition is likely to get a lot stiffer with Facebook supposedly entering the game.
On Sunday, while most of Twitter was watching the Women's World Cup – an amazing game from start to finish – one of the world's most notorious security firms was being hacked.
Specializing in surveillance technology, Hacking Team is now learning how it feels to have their internal matters exposed to the world, and privacy advocates are enjoying a bit of schadenfreude at their expense.
US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America" and stealing government information, in strongly worded comments likely to irk Beijing.
Clinton, a former secretary of state, pulled no punches in remarks to Democratic supporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday.