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Hacking schools flourish in China
Chinese hackers have been on the forefront of sustained hacking and disruption campaign against Western business and government networks -- some do it for fun, other for profit, but many do so on behalf of the Chinese government and its many intelligence and military agencies; ever wondered where all these hackers come from? "Hacker schools" are big business in China, generating $34.8 million last year
Last Updated: Wed, 5 Aug 2009 23:08:00 +1000
Computer hacking schools are becoming increasingly popular in China - posing a threat to information security within the country and internationally.
According to Chinese media reports, schools set up to teach the craft are earning $US50 million from aspiring hackers every year.
"In China you do have an awful lot of young men with a lot of time on their hands, who are very competent with computer code, and I think that's key," says Jeremy Goldkorn, who runs danwei.org, an online magazine in China.
"I think with the number of users in China it's inevitable that the methods of how to hack will be shared."
One thhird of Chinese elementary school students claim they aspire to be hackers.