China Busts Black-Hawk Hackers

As per the latest upcoming from the China Daily, the largest illegal hacker training and recruitment portal in China has been shut down by police . The operation was planned, executed by a  team size of 50.

In the action, 3 people have been taken into custody along with million dollars worth assets. The allegations were that the group ran a site called Black Hawk Safety Net which offered various exploits, DDoS, readymade software. Along with them were bundled viruses, trojans that could cause havocs in minutes.

It is said that Black Hawk had around 200,000 members running on 9 servers, 5 PCs all of which are now shutdown.

The business had been running over the span of 5 years, and the owners managed to collect more than $1 million as membership fees. Apart form distributing all the malware, paid members were even taught on how to write programs designed to steal all kinds of accounts for profit.

“I could download trojan programs from the site which allowed me to control other people’s computers. I did this just for fun but I also know that many other members could make a fortune by attacking other people’s accounts,” said a 23-year-old member of Black Hawk Safety Net in Nanjing of East China’s Jiangsu province, who asked to remain anonymous.

“It is not very difficult to do simple hacker tasks. Some hacker members are teenagers who dropped out of school and make money by stealing accounts,” he said.

A 20-year-old college student who registered with three different hacker training sites said a hacker training course costs from 100 to 2,000 yuan.

“Basically students were told how to steal accounts and use trojan programs. Sometimes trainers show us how to write programs,” he said.

“But now it’s very difficult to become a registered member. Some well-known hacker training sites have not been accessible since November,” he said.

As per a report, the hacker industry in China caused losses of 7.6 billion yuan in 2009 alone.

On the other side, It is predicted that same hackers could have been involved in the Google hacking case. For what we know, Aurora was pretty advanced attack. It won’t be a surprise even if that kind of attack was done by a script kiddie.

It’s evident that Hacking as a Service (HaaS) is accelerating faster than what we have seen in the past. At least for now Chinese government seems to be getting serious over the issue.

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