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When Hackers Attack

When Hackers Attack

There’s a 25 Percent Chance The Hacker In the Chatroom Next to You Is Also a Spy

Suspicious.

The hacker underground isn’t exactly known for its transparency, but lately malwebolent circles have descended into paranoia and distrust. The cause? Infiltration by the FBI and secret service has folks like Eric Corley estimating that one in four hackers is now an informing on their peers. Mr. Corley should know, he’s been editor-and-chief of The Hacker Quartley, now at 2600.com, since 1984. Using the threat of long prison sentences, cyber-policing divisions have established ties deep inside the community. Marketplaces for stolen identities and credit card numbers have been run by FBI moles. Undercover agents have also been posing as “carders,” skilled in identity theft, using the intel from the forums they run to put dozens of cyber criminals in jail. Read More