Need to do some digital breaking-and-entering but don't really have the skills? Don't worry: Hacker's List provides a space for you to find your dream hacker, ready to undertake your computer crimes for you.
As the New York Times points out, the site currently lists a chap from Sweden who will pay up to $2,000 to anyone who can break into his landlord's website, while a woman in California will stump up $500 for someone to hack her boyfriend's Facebook and Gmail. Lovely!
So far, the site has had over 500 jobs listed on it, with hackers vying to get the work. As you might expect, it's all done anonymously: the website collects fees when tasks are satisfactorily completed, and nobody knows the identity of the those involved in doing the work. While some of the tasks on the site seems innocuous — taking down unflattering photographs, say — some sounds rather more serious: gaining access to a company database, for instance.
While the activities listed on the site are clearly illegal in some cases, Hacker's List claims to be insulated from legal liability, pointing out that it neither endorses nor condones illegal activities. How well that would stand up in a court of law remains to be seen, of course.
It is also interesting to note that at time of publish, the site was listed as offline, quoting host error attributed to the site. Could it be that the hackers have been hacked? [Hacker's List]