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Former Hacking Team supplier stops selling zero-day exploits on ethical grounds

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Italian surveillance software maker Hacking Team recently claimed that it hasn’t lost any customers after the massive leak of its internal data two weeks ago. But it has lost at least one business partner: U.S.-based penetration testing specialist and zero-day exploit broker Netragard.

Over the weekend, Netragard announced that it is terminating its long-time running Exploit Acquisition Program (EAP), citing revelations about Hacking Team’s customers as one of the reasons.

Set up in 1999, EAP allowed Netragard to broker the sale of exploits for unpatched vulnerabilities—also known as zero-day exploits—between private researchers and select organizations interested in such computer intrusion tools.

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