Feb 02 2008
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.
Me: Your company’s website was recently defaced by a Chinese hacker…
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).
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