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China's dark web spawns a hard-to-crack hacker community

Users post wanted ads and tips to infiltrate networks in Japan and elsewhere

China's dark web has given rise to a unique online ecosystem inhabited by hackers.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Users on the dark web in China trade hacking tips and other information that help drive a rising wave of data theft and other cybercrimes, experts say.

"Seeking people who can hack South Korean or Japanese websites. No need to reply if you don't have the technique or experience," said a post on a Chinese dark website. The request was discovered Jan. 25 by CNsecurity, a South Korean information security service provider.

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