One in four hackers in the U.S. ‘is an FBI informer’
One in four computer hackers is secretly working for the FBI and U.S. secret service to inform on their peers, it has been claimed. By threatening long prison sentences, officers have managed successfully to infiltrate communities of the online criminals, recruiting a huge number of informants. The moles, who are already embedded deep inside the hacking community, are then reporting back to the FBI about large-scale identity fraud in an attempt to earn themselves softer sentences. Some major illegal forums where hackers sell stolen credit card details and forged identities are even being run by the FBI moles, it has been claimed. The management of other sites have been taken over by FBI agents posing as ID theft specialists, or ‘carders’, where they can use the intelligence to land genuine hackers with lengthy jail sentences.