[ISN] Italian spyware firm relies on U.S. Internet servers

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/italian-spyware-firm-relies-on-us-internet-servers/2014/03/03/25f94f12-9f00-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html By Ellen Nakashima and Ashkan Soltani The Washington Post March 3, 2014 An Italian computer spyware firm, whose tools foreign governments allegedly have used to snoop on dissidents and journalists, relies heavily on the servers of U.S. Internet companies, according to a new report. At least 20 percent of the servers used by clients of Hacking Team, based in Milan, are located in the United States, effectively making the companies that own those servers key nodes in a hidden global network of spyware servers, according to a report to be released Tuesday by Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. The discovery raises ethical questions for the cloud companies whose servers Hacking Team clients use to surreptitiously take control of targets’ computers and phones, turn on Web cameras and intercept encrypted communications. And it comes amid a growing cry for export controls on such software. The United States was home to the single largest concentration of Hacking Team servers detected since May 2012, according to the researchers. Of the 555 machines identified worldwide, the researchers found that 80 belonged to Linode, a New Jersey firm, and that 40 of those were in the United States. […]