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Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record and steal data from mobile phones.
The modules, made by the Italian company Hacking Team, were uncovered by researchers working independently of each other at Kaspersky Lab in Russia and the Citizen Lab at the University of Torontoís Munk School of Global Affairs in Canada, who say the findings provide great insight into the trade craft behind Hacking Teamís tools.
The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Teamís larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers and laptops. But the iOS and Android modules provide cops and spooks with a robust menu of features to give them complete dominion over targeted phones.