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[ISN] The one ring to rule them all
By Angus Batey
November 22, 2011
DAVID Vincenzetti isn't your typical arms dealer. He's never sold a
machinegun, a grenade or a surface-to-air missile. But, make no mistake,
he has access to a weapon so powerful it could bring a country to its
knees. It's called RCS - Remote Control System - and it's a piece of
Developed by Vincenzetti and a team of former computer hackers, RCS is
able to ''invade'' a digital device undetected, bypass the most
sophisticated electronic defences so far devised and, if the user so
desired, disrupt the running of anything from a railway signalling
system to a nuclear power station.
Vincenzetti, it should be made clear, is a law-abiding businessman. The
company he set up, Hacking Team, based in Milan, markets RCS as an
''investigative tool'' for law enforcement and security agencies engaged
in counterterrorism and counter-espionage against ''high-value''
The licences, which cost â200,000 ($A270,000) a year, are never sold to
states that are under European Union or United Nations arms embargoes or
to private companies or individuals. But the very fact that RCS exists
shows what a team of computer whiz-kids can achieve and the damage they
could do if they worked for an enemy of the West.
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