October 13, 2015

The Hacking Quandary

By Adam McNeil, malware intelligence analyst with Malwarebytes.

Is the cause always noble? And what happens when it’s not?

This summer, two different events affected two different worlds. First, Milan-based Hacking Team — a small group of programmers who customize malware to gather intelligence — was itself hacked, and more than 400GB of its internal data was leaked. A few days later, a South Korean intelligence officer who had been implementing tracking software killed himself, and his suicide note allegedly referred to Hacking Team. As a result, many professionals in software development and espionage are pondering their future.

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