Published on July 17th, 2015 📆 | 5281 Views ⚑0
FBI used Hacking Team services to unmask Tor user
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The FBI communicated with Hacking Team over the possible use of surveillance tools to track down a Tor-using target, emails reveal.
As discovered by Hacker News
Hacking Team is a company which specializes in providing surveillance tools to law enforcement, government agencies and intelligence services across the globe. The firm's dealings were blown apart this month when a as-of-yet unknown hacker -- or team -- broke into Hacking Team's servers and made off with 400GB in corporate data. Spanning from customer lists to exploits and emails, much of the firm's data is now firmly entrenched within the public domain.
While software providers work overtime to fix zero-day vulnerabilities exposed by the hack, leaked documents reveal that in September last year, an FBI agent asked the Milan-based firm if the latest version of its scout Remote Control System (RCS) -- otherwise known as Galileo -- could help the law enforcement agency track down a Tor user. The email reads
"In version 8, one of your engineers told us that the scout can reveal the true IP address of target using Tor. Is that still true with the latest version? If not, can you please provide us a way to defeat Tor on the box? Thank you!"
The FBI agent went on to say
In response, a member of Hacking Team said once the scout was installed on the victim machine, if using TBB the FBI would be able to snag the target's true IP address. If not, "once the scout is installed [..] you can inspect from the device evidence the list of installed programs."