The rise of India's cyber privateers

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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.

The rise of India's cyber privateers

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Private investigator Amit Forlit's extradition hearing for alleged hacking in the US is causing concern in the corporate intelligence community of which he has been a key figure over the past decade.

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Spotlight | India, United Kingdom, United States
Worldwide battle over Indian-run hacking for hire converges in North Carolina

The many facets of ENRC's legal battle with its former lawyer Neil Gerrard have all ended up before a court in North Carolina, USA. The Kazakh firm is helping businessman Farhad Azima seek proof that Gerrard ordered Indian firm CyberRoot to wage a cyberattack.

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Spotlight | Bangladesh
How Bangladesh came by its cyber intelligence tools

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United Kingdom
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Spotlight | UAE, United Kingdom, United States
Hack for hire: ENRC aims to open up Dechert and Nick del Rosso's Pandora's box

Kazakh mining group ENRC is already pursuing a legal and investigative campaign of unprecedented scale and complexity. Now, it is overseeing the start of fresh legal action against its nemesis, Neil Gerrard, his old law firm Dechert, and, by the same token, Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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United States
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As hacking accusations against it mount up, CyberRoot strikes back in Indian courts

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Spotlight | India, Israel, UAE, United Kingdom, United States
Indian hackers-for-hire gang war brings to surface role of Qatar and private investigators

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Spotlight | Qatar
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Qatar, United States
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Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev.
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Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev.

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India, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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Spotlight | United States
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Spotlight | United Kingdom, United States
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