China Closes Hacker Training Site w/ 180K Users

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.

  • Regulas
    Don't you mean China has moved and hidden their hacker training center.
  • JohnnyLucky
    Hacker training site? That doesn't sound good at all.
  • mfarrukh
    This is not good
  • KC8DKT
    Anyone else thinking they found this with the help of some hacked google info?
  • cookoy
    For failing to meet their monthly quota of hacked foreign intelligence secrets
    or for getting adventurous hacking the Chinese gov't intelligence network?
  • r3t4rd I have to take my classes elsewhere.
  • omnimodis78
    This is just a show. A distraction. Nothing more.
  • zak_mckraken
    The 170,000 unpaying members were probably hacked by the 12,000 paying ones.
  • lurker123
    It was competing with Chicom approved hacker training?
  • Cache
    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.