Hacking leak reveals the Australian Federal Police was a client of an Italian surveillance software company

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Data from the private surveillance company Hacking Team has been leaked, revealing the Australian Federal Police as one of its previous clients.

It’s not known who is responsible for the hack, which has resulted in 400GB of the Italy-based company’s files, emails, source codes and employee information ending up online for everyone to see. The firm is produces one of the most commonly used surveillance tools in the world, including the DaVinci software, which is used by governments as “legal malware”.

Among the documents was a list of current and past clients, including the AFP. According to IT News, spreadsheets in the leak suggest the government organisation paid for Hacking Team’s services in November 2009 ($AU126,525) and again in February 2010 ($AU234,980).

The AFP is listed as “expired” in the leaked client renewal list.

When asked about the matter, the AFP told Business Insider it “does not confirm or deny what may or may not form part of its operational or technical methodologies”.

Hacking Team sells software which enables governments and law enforcement agencies to hack computers. Previously Hacking Group has been accused of working with countries known for human rights abuses. It has maintained that is not true, claiming it never sells its surveillance software “to countries that international organisations including the European Union, NATO and the US of blacklisted.”

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