Feb 02 2008

ALERT: The good people of Racine, Wisconsin, are unprepared for a Chinese cyber attack!!!

Published by at 9:50 am under Hacker Hunting,US attacks


Nov 21st, 2007,was a dark day for the fine citizens of Racine, Wisconsin. Little did they know that while sleeping soundly in their beds, an online monster was destroying Racine’s cyber community. The following day, weeping and wailing could be heard for miles as the town viewed the devastation.

Or, no one noticed and they are still pretty much blissfully unaware. (Well, six of them are now aware…and sadly, I don’t think they like me very much.)

On November 21st, we reported on a Chinese hacker who attacked 32 websites in Racine Wisconsin, to protest US arms sales to Taiwan.  At that time, Jumper tried to make contact with the service provider of the defaced websites to inform them that their server was compromised. Never heard a word back from them.

Well, you know how things start to bug you for no particular reason. Decided to check back on the websites, and what do you know, the hacked webpages were still up. Okay, this has gone on long enough. If the service provider will not respond, I’ll just contact the people directly…a full listing of my bad decisions will be in another posting.  In order to avoid singling out any one individual or company, here is a composite phone call of my conversation:

Racine: Hello, this is ______, how may I help you?

Me: Hello, my name is Scott Henderson and this call may seem a little unusual. I research Chinese hackers and …

Racine: You what?

Me: I research Chinese hackers.

Racine: Okay.

Me: Your company’s website was recently defaced by a Chinese hacker…

Racine: Defaced?

Me: He added another webpage with a protest about US arms sales to Taiwan.

Racine: Our company has never sold arms to Taiwan! That is crazy!

Me: No, he just found a loophole on the server you use to host your website.

Racine: What do you want! (The hostility begins to build.)

Me: If you will type in your company’s website address with the extension /name81.htm, you can view the defacement.

Racine: Why?!? (They are pretty sure this is somehow a ruse to do something bad.)

Me: I didn’t think you would want it up there.

Racine: What are you trying to do?!?

Me: I’m just trying to…

(phone call terminated by Racine)

Of the six people I contacted (stopped after that), one took it seriously and got their IT person on the phone. He took care of the problem and seems to have had better luck with the service provider than we did. All the pages are repaired as of today. The top screenshot is the defacement left by name81.

My guess is that I have absolutely no future as a telemarketer.

UPDATE: Don’t know why I think most people are aware of this stuff, because most aren’t and would have no reason to be, but the reason our Chinese hacker has chosen the moniker name81 is for the People’s Liberation Army. In China, dates are written with the month first and then the day. So 81 would be August the 1st or the birth date of the People Liberation Army on August the 1st, 1927. It is also on the their flag, the first two characters after the star (8 and 1).


9 responses so far

9 Responses to “ALERT: The good people of Racine, Wisconsin, are unprepared for a Chinese cyber attack!!!”

  1. jumperon 02 Feb 2008 at 12:00 pm

    They will never even consider selling arms to Taiwan now. Name81′s job in Racine is complete.

    I’m off to go eat some Chinese Sio Pao dumplings…

  2. Heikeon 02 Feb 2008 at 2:15 pm

    He and I are both feared in Racine now. Arrgh!

    Posting an update in the article on why he is named, name81.

    Enjoy the Sio Pao, Yum!

  3. jumperon 05 Feb 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I don’t know if anyone has seen this or not:


    It appears to be someone’s rebuke of name81′s unilateral aggression against the fine people of Racine.

    Its too bad name81 can’t see thedarkvisitor.com in China.

  4. Heikeon 05 Feb 2008 at 11:28 pm


    Seems someone has read third-order effects. Won’t hold my breath for name81 to come around but nice to see a little rational dialog.

  5. The Dark Visitor » We got press!!on 12 Feb 2008 at 6:37 pm

    [...] For those of you who recall The Dark Visitor’s report of an attack by a Chinese hacker calling himself Name81.  Well, we made the news!! The reporter, Janine Anderson, was simply wonderful and made me [...]

  6. 回声on 13 Feb 2008 at 6:41 pm

    “na me” can also be interpreted as mandarin for or or

    so name81 can be read .

  7. 回声on 13 Feb 2008 at 6:42 pm

    That post did not come out due to illegal characters so I will retype it.

    “na me” can be interpreted as mandarin for “like” or “so very much” or “about”.

    So “name81″ can be read as “about 8/1″ or “like 8/1″

  8. jasmanon 14 Feb 2008 at 2:15 pm

    if these morons would lock down their servers crap like this wouldnt happen on a daily basis by the thousands.

  9. Heikeon 14 Feb 2008 at 6:47 pm


    You and Jumper will get along just fine. He is the brains behind the IT section of this blog. Me just a linguist. I find he shares your…let’s call it concern…for the morons. :)