Earlier this week, we learned that government spying contractor Hacking Team had been, well, hacked. The cybercriminals behind the attack stole hundreds of gigabytes of data, including the source code for the surveillance and remote access software that Hacking Team deploys on behalf of governments around the world. And, that's not even the scariest part of the story.
The hackers behind the breach have released the stolen data on torrent sites, meaning that anyone can download it. According to Hacking Team, this is a serious issue because now terrorists and other criminals can get their hands on this source code and use it against their enemies.
Work is underway to determine if anything can be done to limit any potential damage, but the prognosis is not good. These are tools that were designed to evade detection, to circumvent security measures, and to provide access to just about anything; they were not designed to be reined in.
Hacking Team has said that it does not include any backdoors in its software that could allow it to control the software remotely despite reports claiming otherwise.