|Members||Cisco, Leon, Gao Xun|
|Location(s)||Beijing, New York City|
The Dark Army is a notorious "hacker-for-hire" collective based out of the People's Republic of China, led by the mysterious Whiterose. With alleged ties to Iran, Russia, and North Korea, the Dark Army has a reputation for ruthless efficiency. (“eps1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg”)
Most of its members are Chinese, although it has several agents in the United States, such as Irving, Francis Shaw and Leon, as well as moles in government institutions, such as Ernesto Santiago from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It can presumed that they have arrangements like these all around the world.
The Dark Army goes to great lengths to protect its security. The organization is highly compartmentalized, with need-to-know communication taking place through cutouts or IRC; face-to-face meetings with Dark Army leaders are rare.
fsociety makes contact with the Dark Army through a hacker named Cisco, establishing a strategy to destroy E Corp. While fsociety targets backups stored at Steel Mountain, the Dark Army moves to degauss tapes at a redundant facility in Beijing. (“eps2.3_logic_b0mb.hc”)
Recognizing that E Corp's backup policy is changing, fsociety infiltrates Steel Mountain ahead of schedule. Despite Elliot Alderson's success in implementing the exploit, the Dark Army refuses to follow through, cutting off all contact.(“eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmv”)
Masquerading as Cisco on the Dark Army IRC, Darlene requests a meeting with Whiterose. The Dark Army agrees, leveraging exploits against Allsafe to guide Elliot to the rendezvous at Blank's Disk. Whiterose reveals the existence of Gideon Goddard's honeypot trap and imposes a new timetable. (“eps1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v”)
In the course of their investigation into Five/Nine, an FBI task force travels to China to negotiate a joint inquiry with the Ministry of State Security. In addition to information on E Corp servers and backup facilities, Dominique DiPierro asks Minister Zhang for all files pertaining to the Dark Army. Shortly thereafter, the American delegation is attacked by two masked gunmen, who kill several agents before turning their weapons on themselves. Though the Chinese government deems it the work of Uyghur separatists, DiPierro insists that the Dark Army is responsible. (“eps2.3_logic_b0mb.hc”)