DEA, US Army bought $1.2M worth of hacking tools in recent years | Ars Technica

The evidence that those two American government agencies purchased from Hacking Team stems from public records. Those filings show that a company called Cicom USA was hired by the US Army in 2011 to do two jobs worth $365,225 and seven more with the DEA worth $927,000 between 2012 and 2014.

A March 2012 Request for Information from the DEA showed that it was interested in acquiring a “fully functional and operational product proven to be capable of providing a Remote Control Host Based Interception System for device or target specific collection pursuant to authorized law enforcement use.” Less than two months later, the DEA found that Cicom USA was the only such company available to provide this product and service.

There is little information as to who or what Cicom USA is, other than that it is headquartered at 1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland—the exact same listed address of Hacking Team in the United States.

via DEA, US Army bought $1.2M worth of hacking tools in recent years | Ars Technica.

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