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Hacker website was closed in November 2009

Hacking into a government or business computer system can yield information for hackers that can be sold for significant profit. Hacking attacks around the world have been increasing steadily and many of the attacks are believed to originate inside of China.

The Chinese government maintains that it does not partake in hacking and does not condone the activity within its shores. The highest profile hacking attack in recent memory was the attack on Google and other large companies that allegedly originated in China. In mid-January 2010, Google stated that it was considering leaving the Chinese search market after the attack resulted in the theft of IP. Google cited many ongoing attacks against some of its Gmail accounts owned by activists that speak out against the Chinese government.

Google later said that the attacks on its Chinese office operations might have had assistance from Google employees. The Chinese government and Google have since the attacks been fighting a battle of words with Google threatening to stop censoring its search results and Chinese officials saying they welcomed any company that followed the law.

China has now announced that it has shut down what is believed to be the largest hacker training website in the country.
BBC News reports that the website, called Black Hawk Safety Net, had more than 12,000 paying subscribers and an additional 170,000 that had free accounts. The website allegedly taught hacking techniques and sold malicious software as a download to hackers looking to perpetrate attacks. 

Blogtactic reports that Black Hawk was shut down in November of 2009 and that three of its members were arrested on suspicion of criminal activity. Exactly why the news was just now released is unknown, but it is likely that China is looking to show that it is actively working to reduce attacks that originate inside its country.

Black Hawk isn’t the only website in China that reportedly trains hackers according to testimony given by cyber expert James Mulvenon in 2008 to Congress. Mulvenon believes the Communications Command Academy in Wuhan, China is training hackers as well.

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By bhieb on 2/8/2010 11:17:48 AM , Rating: 5
China has now announced that it has shut down what is believed to be the largest hacker training website

Wonder if it was a .GOV :)

By Xenoterranos on 2/8/2010 11:20:33 AM , Rating: 2
Those 12,000 paying subscribers had some balls though. I wouldn't even want to use my home internet connection, much less provide financial information to access a hacking site!

By albundy2 on 2/8/2010 12:15:02 PM , Rating: 5
they used your credit card to pay... what did they have to lose?

By semiconshawn on 2/8/2010 9:44:19 PM , Rating: 1

By The0ne on 2/8/2010 12:34:51 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're forgetting that being a hacker in China "might" be a good and endorse sort of thing. So if it's view as "normal" activity and/or if the government doesn't police anything then why not broaden your experience :)

It's probably not so much having the balls to sign up say being view as important for signing up :D Of course this is just PURE speculation. *wink*

By drycrust3 on 2/8/10, Rating: 0
By Motoman on 2/8/2010 2:34:37 PM , Rating: 5
No, I thought that official websites were .mao

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