The two reports namely the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab and the Citizen Lab’s Work studied together give a clear and complete picture of the state- operated surveillance program including the Edward Snowden’s shocking revelations about the National Security Agency (US intelligence agency) as well as its allies operating internationally who were involved in mass monitoring of the communication flow around the world.
The users of the Hacking Team’s malware could use their infected phones either to track the whereabouts of another infected handset or to take videos and pictures. This makes the infected device a dual equipment to work as a tracking device as well as a spying camera.
Moscow based Kaspersky lab reported that it disclosed as high as 326 Hacking Team command servers in more than 40 countries including US, Ecuador, UK, China, Canada and Kazakhstan. The information about the users of these programs can be obtained by studying about the victims.
A Columbia University academic, Steven Bellovin who writes about hacking in the context of law enforcement opines that there needs to be stringent rules and open discussion about the usage of the harmful software for law enforcement purposes before the government releases the viruses on the internet.