22 Nov '12, 1pm
The Badlands Of Legend Are Real
November 22, 2012: China and especially Russia are taking a lot of low key diplomatic heat over the continued existence of online markets for Internet mercenaries within their borders. These two countries will rarely prosecute whoever is providing hosting services (the actual PCs, or “servers” that the stores and message boards run on) to hackers selling goods (programs for hacking) or services (botnets, hacking attacks, and so on). In return for this sanctuary, the hackers refrain from attacks within the host country and provide (usually for a fee) advice and services on Cyber War issues. The biggest problem with this is not espionage but the availability to crooks (and misbehaving people in general) of powerful, and inexpensive, hacking tools and services via these protected (by the Chinese and Russian governments) web sites. While both these countries still have plenty ...