Barca is the most dangerous firm in Europe, according to the latest ranking of security firms by Transparency International, which measures security firms worldwide.
The firm, the first firm to be singled out, is the firm behind the ‘Black Jack’ security breach at the French embassy in Berlin in 2015, which led to the arrest of two of the attackers.
The two suspects have since been extradited to Germany.
The Black Jack incident prompted an uproar in Germany, with the government announcing in March 2018 that it would investigate the firm for possible negligence, the German news agency dpa reported.
Transparency International said in a statement that the firm had “a clear track record of breaching its own standards, not just the standards of other companies but also those of its clients.”
The firm has been criticized for its use of “bogus” security certificates and for its failure to disclose its source code, which the report said had exposed “significant weaknesses in the security of the software.”
In a statement, Transparency International called for the firm to “remove all references to the Black Jack breach, which has been used as a justification for further expansion in its security business.”
The company said that the Blackjack incident “demonstrates that it is no longer possible to rely on a single source for security certification,” the statement said.
It also said the firm should “immediately change its certification policies to require that its software be independently verified and tested.”
“The company’s reputation as a provider of the highest standards in security certification has been damaged by this incident and the breach of its own certification practices,” Transparency International added.
The report also said that Barca had been found to be the most “threatened” firm in Spain.
In France, the firm is “in the top five for threats to life, limb and property,” the report added.
Transparency said the security firm had also been found “to have the most frequent violations of human rights and the rule of law” and was “one of the most violent, racist and repressive companies.”
It said the company had “failed to address systemic racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia,” and had been “found to have violated basic human rights standards.”
The report cited the case of a man who had to undergo emergency surgery after he suffered a heart attack and died at the hands of a Barca security guard who “repeatedly beat him with his fists, knees and feet.”
Transparency said Barca also “failed at its highest levels to protect its employees and employees’ rights, particularly against threats of sexual harassment.”
It said Barcas “lacked a clear, transparent and comprehensive plan for ensuring its personnel were protected from discrimination and harassment, particularly when operating in foreign jurisdictions.”
“It has not done enough to address the problems it is experiencing at the highest levels of the company, despite numerous high-profile cases in the past two years,” Transparency added.
“This raises serious concerns about Barca’s readiness to tackle the issues it has raised.”
Transparency also highlighted a string of high-level complaints of harassment, violence and discrimination by employees.
It said it had uncovered allegations that Barcas employees had been targeted for their race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and disability.
The company is the only firm that has been named as the most vulnerable by the Transparency report.
The company has been hit by a series of high profile security breaches in the years since it was created by the Israeli company Grom.
In 2015, the Israeli firm’s CEO, Dan Halutz, pleaded guilty to criminal charges of theft of confidential data and fraud and was sentenced to five years in prison.
It was later revealed that the Israeli intelligence agency had purchased more than 100 Blackjack security certificates, which it then sold to a German security firm, which used them to create the BlackJack malware.
The firm was also found to have “failed in its duty of care to its employees,” and was found to “have not properly safeguarded its internal data,” according to a 2016 report from the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The Israeli government said in December that it had suspended all business relations with the firm, and that it was investigating allegations that it failed to comply with security standards.