The Hacking Team leak shows Mexico was its top client, but why?


Last week’s hack of an Italian cybersecurity firm known as The Hacking Team revealed that Mexico was — by leaps and bounds— the company’s leading client for  surveillance software that some fear could be used for domestic spying.

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The leaked documents show the company’s Mexican client list included the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB), Federal Police, the army, the navy, the National Investigation and Security Agency (CISEN), The Attorney General’s Office (PGR), the state-owned oil company (PEMEX), and a gaggle of state governments: Campeche, Baja California, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Estado de México, Yucatán, Durango, Jalisco, Querétaro, and Mexico City.

The most controversial item found on Mexico’s purchase order is a surveillance software known as “Remote Control System,” which some Mexicans suspect the government used to spy on…

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