The Iowa Free Press has learned that two state of Iowa e-mails from the Department of Public Safety were found on the July 8, 2015 Wikileaks release of over one million e-mails form the Italian based Hacking Team’s e-mail list. Additionally, one inquiry was made from a state of Iowa employee about purchasing the Hacking Team’s controversial Remote Control System (RCS) in 2012.
The company describes the RCS solution below:
In modern digital communications, encryption is widely employed to protect users from eavesdropping. Unfortunately, encryption also prevents law enforcement and intelligence agencies from being able to monitor and prevent crimes and threats to the country security.
Remote Control System (RCS) is a solution designed to evade encryption by means of an agent directly installed on the device to monitor. Evidence collection on monitored devices is stealth and transmission of collected data from the device to the RCS server is encrypted and untraceable.
Below is a commercial discussing the features of the RCS:
In addition to the controversial aspects of the software, there was a controversy when it was discovered that the company was selling it’s software to governments accused of human rights violations such as Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
The inquiry regarding purchasing the software was made in July of 2012 by a state of Iowa employee.
Could you please send me some information about your RCS solution. I am with the State of Iowa, USA Information Security Office. We have Enterprise responsibility for Information Security for the State of Iowa. I am interested in how the RCS solution works and some pricing.
These latest leaks could lead to questions as to why Iowa Department of Public Safety e-mails were listed on the Hacking Team’s e-mail list, why an inquiry was made regarding the RCS solution and pricing, what the employee intended to use the RCS solution for, and if the state of Iowa ever made a purchase of the software.
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