Hack-for-hire group targeted climate activists behind #ExxonKnew campaign

The hackers, dubbed ‘Dark Basin’, went after thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions, a report finds

A global hack-for-hire group extensively targeted American activists campaigning against ExxonMobil for withholding information about the climate crisis, according to a new report. 

The hackers, dubbed “Dark Basin”, went after thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions on six continents, including advocacy organizations, journalists, elected officials and businesses, said the Citizen Lab, a Toronto-based digital espionage research group. 

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