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[liberationtech] Backdoors are Forever: hacking team and the targeting of dissent

Ronald Deibert r.deibert at
Wed Oct 10 04:05:28 PDT 2012

Dear Lib Tech

Citizen Lab is publishing a new report this morning, "Backdoors are Forever: Hacking Team and the Targeting of Dissent?" In this report, Citizen Lab Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire describes analysis performed on malicious software used to compromise a high profile dissident residing in the United Arab Emirates. The findings indicate that the software is a commercial surveillance backdoor distributed by an Italian company known as Hacking Team. The report also describes the potential involvement of vulnerabilities sold by the French company, VUPEN.

Our report is here:

Bloomberg has a detailed news article about the findings and context here:


Ronald Deibert
Director, the Citizen Lab 
and the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
(416) 946-8916
r.deibert at

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