Mara Hvistendahl has been a very good friend here at TDV and in addition to Mara’s extensive knowledge of Chinese hackers, she is pretty much an expert on Asian regional security concerns. Some people make me so jealous! Mara has just released her new book, Unnatural Selection that deals with the 160 million missing Asian females and population imbalance.
Unnatural Selection is an important book and a fascinating read. Mara Hvistendahl is a delightful writer: witty, engaging, and acute. But the tale she tells is deeply disturbing. Asia alone is missing 160 million women and girls, a number equal to the entire female population of the United States. According to Hvistendahl, the culprit is less deeply rooted cultural gender bias than rising wealth, elite attitudes, and Western influence and technology. Development, at least for the coming decades, will produce not only fewer children overall, but also many fewer girls. The result is a future for many parts of the world, from India to China, Azerbaijan to Albania, where brides are much more likely to be bought, women are much more likely to be trafficked, and men are much more likely to be frustrated. For the present, we must confront the stark reality that the availability of ultrasound and ready abortion are sharply reducing the number of women in the world.”
Anne-Marie Slaughter, professor of politics and international affairs, Princeton University
Click on the book above to purchase your copy. Quickly, go do that!
*TDV has zero financial interest in the book, we just strongly believe in Mara’s work
More than two years after Heike’s post about the Kapa girl video, a narrow majority of our visitors come to TDV from searches for her video. Sadly, I’m about to post something that will continue this trend of optimizing our site for desperate porn searchers.
So apparently the show 非诚勿扰 (If you are the one) is a dating\reality program that actually displays the contestants’ QQ numbers and email addresses. An unemployed PRC hacker used the information to target some of his favorites with a social engineering scam that included a malicious program that let him control the victims’ webcams. After capturing some nudy pics, he attempted to extort money from the victims and one or more of them went to the cops and he quickly realized that he done goofed because he was backtraced and will spend the next three years in prison.
Thanks to Greg @metalabasia for the link.
Sorry, I don’t have the pics.
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Also, the online version of the China White Paper on National Defense was so annoying, like 40 pages, created a more manageable word document if you want it White Paper National Defense 2011.
Very interesting report via the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, in cooperation with the FBI, on unauthorized wire transfers to China. When I say “interesting,” I mean I don’t understand it…not sure what the implications are, if any. Get the basics of the report, just not sure who the perp is supposed to be? Chinese, Russian, US? So, smart blog reading people help me out. Full PDF report on the unauthorized wire transfers here and the two paragraphs that have me scratching my head:
“The unauthorized wire transfers range from $50,000 to $985,000. In most cases, they tend to be above $900,000, but the malicious actors have been more successful in receiving the funds when the unauthorized wire transfers were under $500,000. When the transfers went through successfully, the money was immediately withdrawn from or transferred out of the recipients’ accounts.
In addition to the large wire transfers, the malicious actors also sent domestic ACH and wire transfers to money mules in the United States within minutes of conducting the overseas transfers. The domestic wire transfers range from $200 to $200,000. The intended recipients are money mules, individuals who the victim company has done business with in the past, and in one instance, a utility company located in another U.S. state. The additional ACH transfers initiated using compromised accounts range from $222,500 to $1,275,000.”
The graphic from Techweb shows the “internet” shrieking, “Water Army!” The wind up soldiers’ keys are in the shape of the finance symbol for the Renminbi.
Besides hackers, we also follow modes of cyber influence inside China such as the 50 Cent Party. Little rough-and-tumble viral marketing in the Middle Kingdom from a group dubbed the Water Army; can’t let the government take up all the oxygen in the room:
“Posting negative comments on the Web about products and services is fast becoming the most popular channel for Chinese consumers to vent their spleen. Yet, behind this veneer of free expression lies a murky world of cyber bullies and unscrupulous webmasters who are manipulating the media to either promote or smear a company’s image for profit.
In a country with nearly 400 million Web users, online marketing has become a big business and has spawned a legion of Internet public relations agencies. Their services include not only getting a product seen but also removing any negative feedback they find.
‘Real estate, cars, electronics: These are usually the most lucrative when it comes to deleting negative posts,’said Ma Mingdong, a 25-year-old Beijing blogger and online marketer. ‘Many people think it’s complicated to delete posts but it isn’t.‘”
Read more on China’s Water Army
Fallout from Night Dragon:
“Chinese hackers may have inspired memorandum between India and Kazakhstan on cyber security. The agreement, specifically mentioned to by Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev during his joint press conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was proposed by the Indian side but found ready accepta nce with the Central Asian government.
Kazakhstan, an oil and gas-rich nation, was targeted by coordinated cyber attacks by a group of hackers who sought to break into the computers of energy firms and secure data on oil, gas and petrochemicals.”
Read more at Hindustan Times
Two activist websites supporting the Jasmine Revolution are reporting DDOS attacks coming from IPs originating in China.
Boxun.com, a US based activist website, specified locations in China to hold protests:
Change.org is currently hosting a petition to free Beijing activist Ai Weiwei that contains over a 100,000 signatures:
Xinhua has just released the full English text of China’s White Paper on National Defense 2010. Why do I get so excited when this thing gets published?
According to the Sydney Morning Hearld:
“The parliamentary computers of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and at least two other senior ministers are suspected of being hacked. Ms Gillard’s parliamentary computer, along with those of several cabinet ministers including Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith were believed to have been compromised, News Ltd newspapers report.
Thousands of emails are believed to have been accessed in the cyber attacks. Four Australian government sources confirmed with the newspapers they had been told Chinese intelligence agencies were part of a list of suspected hackers.”
According to the Korea Times:
“One of the victims is itemBay, the nation’s largest trading site for online games. Last October, Seoul police concluded that hackers located in China’s Jilin Province waged attacks on the firm’s website for two years from 2008 at the request of its Korean rival. The case is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many companies that have refused to report their cases to the police or refer them to the media, fearing that revelations could have a negative effect on their business.”
Read more: South Korean firms paying Chinese hackers