May 20 2008
If I was in the business of spotting popular trends, the first thing I would do is a hire a Chinese hacker. While the rest of the world is passively watching events unfold around them, Chinese hackers are doing the math on how many people will participate and what online avenues are associated with them…like symbols.
According to an article in tech.ccidnet.com, hackers are using recent events and the patriotism they have inspired to spread a new trojan called, “Red Heart Robber.” The snatching of the Olympic torch, the CNN incident, and earthquake in Sichuan have caused the Chinese online community to attach red hearts with the Chinese flag (and other variations) to their QQ sig and webpages to show support/sympathy for China. When normal online users download the image of the red heart flag to show their support for China, a nasty little trojan is attached.
Attacking your own symbol of patriotism…not cool!
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