Mar 13 2008
In an interview with the Shanghai Morning Post, Xiao Chen (萧晨) expressed anger over CNN’s distortion of the facts in reporting his group hacked into the Pentagon and was subsequently paid by the Chinese government. In a telephonic interview with the Morning Post, Xiao Chen said he had just shut down the Hacker World webiste.
This website has been a dream of mine for many years, so many years of painstaking care and now nothing.
Xiao Chen told the reporter he had set up the website three or four years ago as a platform for like-minded friends to study and research network security.
I have never used hacker technology to attack others. You can look at
the rules on our home page that say don’t attack other people’s networks.
Xiao Chen claims that on February 17th, he received an e-mail from Wu Xiaolong (吴小龙) in Hong Kong requesting an interview. On 27 February, the CNN crew arrived and from the onset, all the questions were about hacking into US military websites and downloading sensitive information. Xiao Chen claims they denied any knowledge of this and that the CNN report was completely fabricated.
According to Xiao Chen, when the CNN reporters saw that there was no evidence, they asked him if he could get some sensitive information and it didn’t even matter if it wasn’t theirs. He also states that during his interview with CNN, the reporters never even asked about being paid by the government.
About his future plans, Xiao Chen said he hoped to be able to get funding to continue his website but in case that wasn’t possible, he might consider legal actions against CNN.
Oh, Xiao Chen’s rules about not hacking into other people’s systems posted on his home page:
Sure, it does say that…but then it goes on to say but if you must do it….to avoid legal difficulty…
He also should have paid more attention to his own posting, especially rule number 8:
8. Do not discuss anything about your hacking activities on the telephone
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