Hacking Team  (Back to overview)

The many 0-days that had been collected by Hacking Team and which became publicly available during the breach of their organization in 2015, have been used by several APT groups since. Since being founded in 2003, the Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team gained notoriety for selling surveillance tools to governments and their agencies across the world. The capabilities of its flagship product, the Remote Control System (RCS), include extracting files from a targeted device, intercepting emails and instant messaging, as well as remotely activating a device’s webcam and microphone. The company has been criticized for selling these capabilities to authoritarian governments – an allegation it has consistently denied. When the tables turned in July 2015, with Hacking Team itself suffering a damaging hack, the reported use of RCS by oppressive regimes was confirmed. With 400GB of internal data – including the once-secret list of customers, internal communications, and spyware source code – leaked online, Hacking Team was forced to request its customers to suspend all use of RCS, and was left facing an uncertain future. Following the hack, the security community has been keeping a close eye on the company’s efforts to get back on its feet. The first reports suggesting Hacking Team’s resumed operations came six months later – a new sample of Hacking Team’s Mac spyware was apparently in the wild. A year after the breach, an investment by a company named Tablem Limited brought changes to Hacking Team’s shareholder structure, with Tablem Limited taking 20% of Hacking Team’s shareholding. Tablem Limited is officially based in Cyprus; however, recent news suggests it has ties to Saudi Arabia.

Associated Families

2024-01-18GoogleGoogle Threat Analysis Group, Wesley Shields
Russian threat group COLDRIVER expands its targeting of Western officials to include the use of malware
2020-07-21ViceLorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
'World's Most Wanted Man' Involved in Bizarre Attempt to Buy Hacking Tools
2020-01-31Virus BulletinMichal Poslušný, Peter Kálnai
Rich Headers: leveraging this mysterious artifact of the PE format
Dridex Exaramel Industroyer Neutrino RCS Sathurbot
Shadow of the Circle Hovering Over Central Asia - The Golden Eagle (APT-C-34) Organizing Attack Revealed
2019-01-01Virus BulletinFilip Kafka
VB2018 paper: From Hacking Team to hacked team to...?
2018-03-09ESET ResearchFilip Kafka
New traces of Hacking Team in the wild
RCS Hacking Team
2017-08-25Kaspersky LabsCostin Raiu, Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade
Walking in your Enemy's Shadow: When Fourth-Party Collection becomes Attribution Hell
NetTraveler RCS WannaCryptor Dancing Salome
2017-04-01F-SecureF-Secure Labs
RCS Callisto
2015-07-05ViceLorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Spy Tech Company 'Hacking Team' Gets Hacked
Hacking Team
Hacking Team
Hacking Team
2012-12-07Contagiodump BlogMila Parkour
Aug 2012 W32.Crisis and OSX.Crisis - JAR file Samples - APT
Crisis RCS
2012-08-20SymantecTakashi Katsuki
Crisis for Windows Sneaks onto Virtual Machines
Crisis RCS
2012-07-24The Mac Security BlogLysa Myers
New Apple Mac Trojan Called OSX/Crisis Discovered
Crisis RCS

Credits: MISP Project