Psychology

Caught on Camera: Confessions of the Hackers for Rent

lIn a quiet alcove of the opulent Leela Palace hotel in Delhi, two British corporate detectives listened intently to a young entrepreneur as he made a series of extraordinary confessions.

28-year-old computer specialist Tej Singh Rathore described his role as a player in a burgeoning criminal industry that is stealing secrets from people around the world. He had hacked more than 500 email accounts, mostly on behalf of his corporate intelligence clients.

He believed the smartly dressed British investigators were in India to hire a “hack-for-hire” organization like his. In fact, it was undercover journalists who infiltrated the illegal hacking industry.

Rathore paused as the guests in colorful saris raced past the trio’s table before confiding that he had broken into a number of

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