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China shuts a hacking school

School’s out
Mon Feb 08 2010, 16:57

THE GLORIOUS PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC of China has shut down what is believed to be the biggest training site for hackers in Central China and arrested three people, according to China Daily.

Up to 50 Chinese police were investigating the Black Hawk Safety Net training site, which openly recruited potential hackers online. For a small fee, hackers were given lessons in cyberwarfare including honing their skills on Trojan attacks.

Black Hawk Safety Net opened shop in 2005, accumulated over 12,000 VIP members and collected more than seven million yuan in membership fees, which translates to nearly £5 million.

The big question is whether the school or its members were involved in the famed Google attacks a few weeks ago that have added a level of frost to world diplomacy. The answer is, it matters not.

If it was or they were, great. But it's much more important right now that China be seen taking a proactive stance on cybercrime rather than just paying lip service, which might be the reason for the timing of the crackdown. µ


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