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In this digital netherworld, a market for pedophilia, human trafficking, weapons sales and hacking emerges

In this digital netherworld, a market for pedophilia, human trafficking, weapons sales and hacking emerges

The offer is blunt and chilling.

An individual by the name of Rent-A-Hacker claims in an online ad that you can hire him to destroy the reputation of any person or business you desire.

“If you want someone to get known as a child-porn user, no problem,” the ad reads. “I’ll do anything for money.”

That’s not hyperbole. Cyber experts said you can anonymously hire hackers to wreak havoc on everything from one person to tens of thousands of hospitals, banks, universities, power plants, government agencies and other major institutions and businesses worldwide.

Or you can buy malicious software and learn to do it yourself.

The process begins with a visit to the...

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