Oct 24 2007

Chinese hackers…using porn for Teh Buzz

Published by at 6:21 pm under Hacker Organization,Hacking for money

The pairing of demographics and culture in the Chinese hacker community has produced another mechanism for making money in the form of pornography.

According to information contained in the 17th Statistical Survey Report on Internet Development in China (publishd in January 2006), conducted by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC):

58.7% of Chinese online users were male

41.3% of Chinese online users were female

51.7% of Chinese online users were under the age of 24

China’s Xinhua News Agency reported 46% of online minors “often” visited web sites containing pornographic material. The overall lack of sex education in China is also noted as a reason for the explosion of pornography. A college student from Jiaotong University in Shanghai made the following observation:

“Porn web sites are rooted in young people who were thirsty for the facts of life, on which education is so deficient in the nation.”

According to Xinhua, this sentiment was “echoed” by numerous university students throughout the country. Cultural norms have resulted in the reluctance of Chinese parents to discuss these types of topics with their children. A study conducted by China Social Survey, found that 92.5% of students had questions or difficulties with sex and only 2.6% had received answers from their parents. The age demographic and void in sexual education has caused some to search the Internet to satisfy their curiosity.

A minority in the Red Hacker Alliance have seized on this combination of age and curiosity to increase membership and produce income. It should be emphasized that this is a small minority and that there are conversations within the community that speak out quite vocally against it. That said, it is still important to remember this activity is a source of funding and reaches back to servers in the United States.

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