In an online chat, Wolf Intelligence founder Manish Kumar told me that it wasn’t his company that left the data online, but a reseller he refused to identify. He also said that he plans to sue CSIS for hacking his reseller; CSIS is adamant that it did not hack anything, as everything was exposed and open to anyone“They claim wrong that it’s for hacking innocent people, and damage our image.” Kumar said, but refused to answer additional questions about who was the reseller, and who his customers are.CSIS researcher Benoît Ancel told Motherboard the researchers “have many indications that it was not a reseller,” and was instead a mistake by Wolf Intelligence. To support this, he shared pictures from the servers such as a screenshot of an exposed database that shows one of Kumar’s cellphone numbers and a series of intercepted text messages, and a screenshot of a Slack conversation between Kumar and one of his employees.
Got a tip? You can contact this reporter securely on Signal at +1 917 257 1382, OTR chat at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email email@example.com
During the public presentation in Montreal, Ancel said that Kumar “seems to be the kind of criminal who try to scam people with a shitty product.”Ancel and Kuprins are not the first to publicly question the quality of the Wolf Intelligence’s products and to slam its founder.“Manish is a walking scam,” security researcher Agostino Specchiarello told me, who once met with Kumar to consider a business deal with him. “He used to claim that stuff made by others was his.”