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China Closes Hacker Training Site w/ 180K Users

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China has shut down a training site for computer hackers and arrested three people in connection with the site.

Chinese media reports today say that the country has shut down Black Hawk Safety Net, a website that gave lessons in hacking and sold downloads of malicious software.

According to China Daily, Black Hawk Safety Net had recruited more than 12,000 premium or paid members, collecting more than 7 million yuan ($1m or £650,000) in membership fees. The site had also garnered 170,000 users registered for unpaid, free membership. Users were provided with cyber attack lessons and Trojan software; however, it is unclear if the 170,000 members with free accounts received the same lessons and software as paid members.

Additional reports say China has arrested three people in connection with the website.

Read the full story here.

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    Regulas , February 8, 2010 12:15 PM
    Don't you mean China has moved and hidden their hacker training center.
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    zak_mckraken , February 8, 2010 1:06 PM
    The 170,000 unpaying members were probably hacked by the 12,000 paying ones.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 8, 2010 12:17 PM
    Hacker training site? That doesn't sound good at all.
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  • 32 Hide
    Regulas , February 8, 2010 12:15 PM
    Don't you mean China has moved and hidden their hacker training center.
  • 16 Hide
    JohnnyLucky , February 8, 2010 12:17 PM
    Hacker training site? That doesn't sound good at all.
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    mfarrukh , February 8, 2010 12:31 PM
    This is not good
  • 15 Hide
    KC8DKT , February 8, 2010 12:40 PM
    Anyone else thinking they found this with the help of some hacked google info?
  • 8 Hide
    cookoy , February 8, 2010 12:58 PM
    For failing to meet their monthly quota of hacked foreign intelligence secrets
    or for getting adventurous hacking the Chinese gov't intelligence network?
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    r3t4rd , February 8, 2010 12:58 PM
    Damnit...now I have to take my classes elsewhere.
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    omnimodis78 , February 8, 2010 12:59 PM
    This is just a show. A distraction. Nothing more.
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    zak_mckraken , February 8, 2010 1:06 PM
    The 170,000 unpaying members were probably hacked by the 12,000 paying ones.
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    lurker123 , February 8, 2010 1:12 PM
    It was competing with Chicom approved hacker training?
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    Cache , February 8, 2010 1:12 PM
    This is just a minor drop in the bucket for Chinese hackers, however. It's little more than lip service to the US to show that the Chinese government is 'getting serious' about policing illegal activities in its' own borders.
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    r3t4rd , February 8, 2010 1:14 PM
    Hillary: Wa shir United States ee shoo yar ee char tsi fooking Hackers!!
    Chinese Govt: Ne' er ma shore chun yee tsi ma er da fooking sher Hackers. Ne sha er tsa moo shi fooking Agent merdai con shoo.
    Hillary: Tsa! Tsa! Ner yer yer American fy mer mer?

    Translation:
    Hillary: We the United States want you to hand over your hackers or are they eating at "Fooking Resatuarant"?
    Chinese: We already arested our hackers. Our Agents are the ones eating at "Fooking Restaurant".
    Hillary: Great! Great!....you old granpa chinese love american boobs?
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    tommysch , February 8, 2010 1:17 PM
    They shut this thing up only to get some pressure relief regarding the whole Google thing. Now they can say: look we are ''addressing'' the issue.
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    sliem , February 8, 2010 2:03 PM
    "however it is unclear if the 170,000 members with free accounts received the same lessons and software as paid members."

    What, of course not. It would be dumb.
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    drksilenc , February 8, 2010 2:14 PM
    or they knew how to hack and hacked the paying members
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    the_krasno , February 8, 2010 2:20 PM
    They moved to Iran.
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    grieve , February 8, 2010 2:49 PM
    CacheThis is just a minor drop in the bucket for Chinese hackers, however. It's little more than lip service to the US to show that the Chinese government is 'getting serious' about policing illegal activities in its' own borders.


    I agree
    Ultimately it won't matter if the site is down anyhow as these 170,000 potential hackers are still 170,000 potential hackers less one web site to gain info from. If these people went as far as to seek instruction on hacking, a website being shut down will NOT stop them.

    At the end of the day all 170,000 are now looking for resources elsewhere.
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 8, 2010 3:24 PM
    Doesn't it say in the Bible nations will be crushed by Asians?
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    wildwell , February 8, 2010 3:32 PM
    grieveI agreeUltimately it won't matter if the site is down anyhow as these 170,000 potential hackers are still 170,000 potential hackers less one web site to gain info from. If these people went as far as to seek instruction on hacking, a website being shut down will NOT stop them.At the end of the day all 170,000 are now looking for resources elsewhere.

    Like Russia.
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    maigo , February 8, 2010 3:33 PM
    Now they have to hack their way to a hacker site... The irony
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    officeguy , February 8, 2010 3:34 PM
    Why would you pay money to learn how to hack? I would be concerned that if I gave my credit card or Paypal account to access the site that the people who is hosting would hack the "want-to-be" hackers. Maybe it is just me!!
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