back to article Callisto Group snoopers wreak havoc with leaked HackingTeam spyware

Leaked HackingTeam spyware was used by a cyber-spy group to collect intelligence. The Callisto Group cyber-spies collected intel on foreign and security policy in eastern Europe and the south Caucasus using spyware developed for law enforcement agencies, according to F-Secure Labs. The group – which remains active – has …

  1. td0s

    non disclosure

    should be made a crime in itself if the vulnerabilities are then used to create attacks - how can HackingTeam not be up on charges?

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: non disclosure

      Don't be such a kid. You know how it works.

      Inb4 "linked to unknown state actors". Nah, too late.

  2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    I think you answered your own question: "should be" and "is" are two different things. And no govt. is going to make that a crime any more than they'd have made microphones and miniature cameras criminal back in the day as the whole lot of them make use of such things.

  3. ElReg!comments!Pierre Silver badge

    Said vs Heard

    What he said: "This should remind governments that we don't have monopolies on these technologies, and that mercenaries, hostile nation states, and other threats won't hesitate to use these surveillance powers against us"

    What they heard: "We need more powerful / pervasive surveillance if we want to stay ahead"

    1. Alistair Silver badge

      Re: Said vs Heard

      "What they heard: "We need more powerful / pervasive surveillance and all the crypto keys if we want to stay ahead"

      FTFY Pierre.

  4. Andrew Jones 2

    And there is the answer to the question - would it really be so bad if the UK Gov (and now the EU and US it seems) could instantly backdoor into any secure communication taking place....

    1. KjetilS

      "And there is the answer to the question - would it really be so bad if the UK Gov (and now the EU and US it seems) could instantly backdoor into any secure communication taking place...."

      Yes. Next question?

  5. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    WTF?

    Govt has hacking tools developed for it. Tool leak onto internet. Tools get used by others.

    Because that could never happen.

    Just like anyone who'd been attacked could never reverse engineer those tools either.

    Except yes it can and yes it has.

    In fact encryption appears to be the only tool a govt could develop that would do no direct harm if it leaked into the wild.

    The problem is who would trust that it was not a deliberate leak and had backdoors in?

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