Spies for hire: China’s new generation of hackers combine espionage and business skills.

There was a posting by Hainan Xianden. The ad, from 2018 on the Sichuan University Computer Science Hiring Board, claims that Xiandun has “received a large number of secretly related businesses from the government.”

The company, based in Haikou, the capital of Hainan, pays a monthly salary of ، 1,200 to $ 3,000 – a solid middle-class wage for Chinese college graduates – with a maximum bonus of $ 15. 000. Shandon’s ads include an email address used by other firms in search of cybersecurity experts and linguists, suggesting they are part of a network.

Chinese hacking groups are increasingly “coordinating malware, exploitation and their efforts”, the operators of “Introversion Truth” wrote in an email. Operators have not identified themselves, citing the sensitivity of their work.

Shandong’s registered address was Hainan University Library. His phone number is similar to that of a computer science professor and veteran of the People’s Liberation Army who ran a website that offered students pay with new ideas about cracking passwords. The professor was not charged.

Other records and phone numbers led blog authors to an e-mail address and a recurring account owned by Ding Xiao Yang, one of the company’s managers.

The indictment states that Mr. Ding was a state security officer who operated hackers operating in Hainan Xiandun. It included details not found on the blog, such as an award Mr. Ding received from the Ministry of State Security for the organization’s young leaders.

Mr Ding and others named in the indictment could not be reached.

While still able to be tracked, China’s state security apparatus is learning to better hide its footprints, said Matthew Brazil, a former Chinese commerce expert at the Export Enforcement Office, who is a Chinese spy. Has written a study about

He said that the capabilities of Chinese services are uneven. “Their game is getting better, and in five or 10 years it’s going to be a different story.”

Nicole Perlrut. Collaborative reporting

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