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DEA, FBI Accused of Long Relationship with Controversial Italian Firm for Surveillance

Data security [1]By Steve Neavling

An Italian company with suspected ties to repressive regimes has been selling surveillance and spyware to the FBI and DEA, The Hill reports.  [2]

The discovery comes after the firm, Hacking Team, was hacked. The hacker revealed company documents that suggest countries the company does business with countries like Sudan.

Among the discoveries was a multi-year relationship with the FBI and DEA.

“The more I read, the more I think the term ‘merchants of death’ accurately applies to @HackingTeam [3],” tweeted Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The company also has been accused of selling its surveillance to help governments monitor and surprises journalists and political opponents.