Cyber Security

Fear This Man and his Hacking Empire

“To spies, David Vincenzetti is a salesman. To tyrants, he is a savior. How the Italian mogul built a hacking empire…”

“This is just the latest fallout of Morocco’s use of Hacking Team software against Mamfakinch. In the months that followed that July day, when Almiraat first knew something had gone terribly wrong, volunteers, the lifeblood of his group, dwindled from 30 to five. ‘By showing they can violate the privacy of our work,’ he says of the Hacking Team, ‘they sent a chilling effect over the whole business of online dissent.’

Morocco remains a Hacking Team client. Vincenzetti says his company lawfully engaged with a government that, he notes in an email, ‘is an ally of the U.S. and a partner in the fight against terrorism. Morocco is also an ally of most European nations, and Moroccan intelligence agencies recently provided France with essential information to locate the terrorists in Paris and in Bruxelles.’”

Source: Fear This Man | Foreign Policy

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