New Citizen Lab Report: Dark Basin, Uncovering a Massive Hack-For-Hire Operation

My colleagues have just published a new report about a hack-for-hire group we’ve called Dark Basin. Key findings reproduced below and the rest of the research report is available here:

Dark Basin is a hack-for-hire group that has targeted thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions on six continents. Targets include advocacy groups and journalists, elected and senior government officials, hedge funds, and multiple industries.

Dark Basin extensively targeted American nonprofits, including organisations working on a campaign called #ExxonKnew, which asserted that ExxonMobil hid information about climate change for decades.

We also identify Dark Basin as the group behind the phishing of organizations working on net neutrality advocacy, previously reported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

We link Dark Basin with high confidence to an Indian company, BellTroX InfoTech Services, and related entities.

Citizen Lab has notified hundreds of targeted individuals and institutions and, where possible, provided them with assistance in tracking and identifying the campaign. At the request of several targets, Citizen Lab shared information about their targeting with the US Department of Justice (DOJ). We are in the process of notifying additional targets.

Keep reading here.

For an audio run down of the report, tune into the Risky Business podcast here with my colleague John Scott Railton.