The NSA has been spying on politicians and common citizens, domestically and abroad, for decades now. Now, a recent online hack of private documents has revealed that national governments are able to obtain software services to hack into Bitcoin and other private digital currency accounts through an Italian subcontractor.
400GB of documents captured from a popular international surveillance technology company called Hacking Team has been uncovered by CSO Online’s Steve Ragan. These documents reveal what spy technology is available and how much countries are investing in it.
Bitcoin, Litecoin and other digital currency wallet hacks are one of many services provided by Hacking Team to national governments for anywhere from tens to millions of dollars. Moreover, the Hacking Team has made it to reporters Without Borders’ Enemies of the Internet list for their history of espionage.
The entity that hacked the Hacking Team is unknown at this time, but they managed to release a 400GB torrent file with documents files with details of what they do and who they do it with. It’s worth mentioning that the Department of Defense is listed as not currently