Wednesday, August 05, 2009

China: Hacker Schools Become Big Business

Matthew Harwood writes on Security Management:

Long known as a prominent source of cyberattacks worldwide, China has seen the emergence of online training schools that teach students the skills necessary to either be a network defender or a cybercriminal.

These "hacker schools," as they're known, are also big business, generating $34.8 million last year, reports China Daily.

Students can enroll in online classes for as little as a few hundred yuan.

While some schools advertise themselves as training the next generation of security experts, many worry a percentage of the students will use their skills to commit various cybercrimes, such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets.

More here.


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