We've told you before about the Hacking Team. It's an Italian company that sells spyware that governments, companies and police can use to spy on people.
The Hacking Team finds vulnerabilities in computer programs, then installs its spyware there. It's a useful tool because governments can keep an eye on criminals, and stop crimes and terrorist attacks before they happen.
The problem is that the Hacking Team has a pretty terrible reputation for working with regimes that use the Hacking Team's exploits to spy on people. Then, they use what they find against those people, like journalists and activists who oppose them.
Last month, the Hacking Team got a taste of its own medicine, big time. 400GB of email messages were hacked, and some of its secret and difficult-to-find spyware was made public.
That's a treasure trove of information. Some of the email messages are of interest to only cybergeeks, like the amount of money the Hacking Team pays to buy computer exploits (up to $500,000). It's also a potentially dangerous situation, if the bad guys get their hands the Hacker Team's spyware, and use it to spy on you.