Large Hacker Training Web Site Shut Down In China

Police in China shut down what officials think was the largest training Web site for computer hackers. The Black Hawk Safety Net offered lessons on cyber attacks and sold Trojan software, which allows outside access to a computer when remotely installed, media reports said.

Police arrested three people who ran the Web site and charged 100 to 200 yuan ($14 to $29) for lessons, the China Daily newspaper said. Established in 2005, the site had recruited more than 12,000 paid and 170,000 free members and collected more than 7 million yuan ($1.02 million) in membership fees, the reports said.

Authorities were tipped off to its existence while investigating a cyber attack in 2007. Some suspects arrested in that case were members of Black Hawk. The suspects in the Black Hawk case were arrested under a law revised last year in response to cyber crimes. News from CNN.

I believe the authorities should now make a strong effort and organize a group or department solely for hunting down possible hacking related sites. While sometimes hacking has its good sides, majority of its use is intended for negative purposes.

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