The rise of India's cyber privateers
Working in the shadows, Indian hackers for hire have played a role in every major business battle in recent years. Akin to the privateers of old, they operate for Indian intelligence by day and spend their nights subcontracting to those willing to pay for access to competitors' and rivals' emails. The service providers' modus operandi has been honed to perfection, with the collected contents of a target's inbox used in legal proceedings or laundered through media outlets. Intelligence Online was the first to reveal the existence of this veritable industry of hack and leak operations (HALO), and has been tracking the trade's progress ever since.