Some suspects activated anti-virus protection after learning of Hacking Team's law enforcement activities, and surveillance operations were suspended out of concern that suspects, aware they were being monitored, would disseminate false leads, Pansa said.
HT surveillance technology was also being used to target corruption in the civil service and organized crime, the police chief said. It had been in use by the Italian police since 2004.
Attempts to obtain comment from Hacking Team on Friday evening were unsuccessful.
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