The Hacking Team, a notoriously sleazy and unscrupulous gang of malware-spreading, privacy-violating goons, has been hacked. The irony is delicious. I’m pleased to see that perfectly appropriate comeuppance.
Even more hilariously, their own passwords were exposed.
The root passwords for Hacking Team’s servers were inexplicably weak for their purpose. One of the passwords was simply “P4ssword,” which would’ve taken any advanced password cracker just minutes to crack.
Other passwords grabbed from Hacking Team founder Christian Pozzi included “wolverine” and “universo,” and other variations of dictionary words like “Passw0rd”.
It’s the power of dumbassery!
Oh, boy. More info: many of their customers were right wing fascist entities, and they made a big mistake.
To make matters worse, every copy of Hacking Team’s Galileo software is watermarked, according to the source, which means Hacking Team, and now everyone with access to this data dump, can find out who operates it and who they’re targeting with it.
It’s one thing to have dissatisfied customers. It’s another to have dissatisfied customers with death squads. I don’t think the company is going to survive this.
Sounds like someone ought to be running and hiding right now.