China’s cyber spies have been found to be running private marketplaces on Dark Net. Ed Alexander, The Chief Information Security Officer for a California-based company, DBI found out earlier this week. In a phone interview, Alexander said these private markets are where many of China’s state sponsored hackers do their side work and sell stolen data to the highest bidders.
“The hackers’ primary allegiance is to China. Their secondary allegiance is to themselves.” Alexander is quoted as saying in his phone interview.
DBI trains and manages dark net operatives-for-hire, who conduct human intelligence(HUMINT) operations on Dark Net, and Alexander provides over watch for one of the world’s largest CyberHUMINT teams. In spite of reports saying China’s state driven hackers are sloppy and poorly skilled, Alexander assured that in his 10 years since running cyberHUMINT operations, that they are in fact the most sophisticated people he has seen. Even other nation state hackers, like Syrian Electronic Army, are nowhere close having the sophistication of the Chinese.
Alexander compares Dark Net to a prison gang ecosystem. People who are new to Tor and Dark net are not seen as being part of the gangs, “They’re just outsiders looking around.” He said.” Always oblivious