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India’s BellTroX InfoTech Services spied on politicians, investors worldwide: Reuters

BellTroX InfoTech Services, an Indian IT firm offered its hacking services to help clients spy on more than 10,000 email accounts, according to Reuters.

The New Delhi-based company was targeting government officials in Europe, gambling tycoons in the Bahamas, and well-known investors in the United States including private equity giant KKR and short seller Muddy Waters, the news agency cited three former employees.

According to the report, aspects of BellTroX’s hacking spree aimed at American targets are currently under investigation by U.S. law enforcement, five people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment.

Reuters does not know the identity of BellTroX’s clients. In a telephone interview, the company’s owner, Sumit Gupta, declined to disclose who had hired him and denied any wrongdoing.

Muddy Waters founder Carson Block said he was “disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that we were likely targeted for hacking by a client of BellTroX.” KKR declined to comment.

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