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For several years operators at New Delhi-based Appin hacked into, spied on, and stole data from targets around the world for clients that included private investigators, government agencies, law enforcement, and others.

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Editor's Note:  Dark Reading has removed the Nov. 16, 2023 article "Shadowy Hack-for-Hire Group Behind Sprawling Web of Global Cyberattacks" covering research published by SentinelOne, due to SentinelOne's decision to temporarily take its report offline. According to SentinelOne's post:

SentinelOne has temporarily removed the article “Elephant Hunting | Inside an Indian Hack-For-Hire Group” on Dec 22, 2023 in light of a pending court order and is doing so out of an abundance of caution. SentinelOne stands by its findings and was transparent about the evidence it gathered to support its findings. Those findings were based on many hours of research and verified sources and we are closely following the pending legal action. 

Dark Reading stands by its reporting and will update this story as it develops.

About the Author(s)

Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer

Jai Vijayan is a seasoned technology reporter with over 20 years of experience in IT trade journalism. He was most recently a Senior Editor at Computerworld, where he covered information security and data privacy issues for the publication. Over the course of his 20-year career at Computerworld, Jai also covered a variety of other technology topics, including big data, Hadoop, Internet of Things, e-voting, and data analytics. Prior to Computerworld, Jai covered technology issues for The Economic Times in Bangalore, India. Jai has a Master's degree in Statistics and lives in Naperville, Ill.

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