Jun 19 2008

Four Shanghai hackers admit to DoS extortion – promise not to do it again.

Published by at 8:01 am under Uncategorized

The People’s Daily reports that four employees of a Shanghai based Internet security company have admitted to attempts to extort money from online games firms. They apparently launched denial of service attacks on the game sites and then requested money and fees for their company’s firewall product. Don’t worry though, he promised not to do it again:

All the accused admitted the offense, and sentence will be passed within
a month.

“I was attracted by the quick money and got carried away. I applied my
talents in the wrong way,” Li told Beijing Morning Post.

In the future, he will apply his skills only to legal things, he said.

You can find a non-.cn version of the article here.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Four Shanghai hackers admit to DoS extortion – promise not to do it again.”

  1. Eastwoodon 21 Jun 2008 at 5:10 am

    Hey heike, jumper, I need a bit of a favour: any idea what this is about? It says “a virus was found” when I took a screenie of my blog with ie 8 on windows.


  2. Heikeon 21 Jun 2008 at 7:21 am


    This obviously falls in Jumper’s area of expertise but I did find this from Bleeping Computer that might help.

  3. jumperon 21 Jun 2008 at 9:45 am

    Hi Eastwood,

    Sorry about the virus. At first I thought it may have come from your blog but that doesn’t appear to be the case. I would recommend looking through the thread that Heike sent for bleeping computer. I would also suggesting using two or more online virus scanners. Most of the rootkit detection tools are free. If you don’t have any luck, install Gentoo or OpenBSD.

  4. Eastwoodon 21 Jun 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Heike, Jumper: thanks for the suggestions. I guess it’s a problem coming from within the browsershots.org computer. I have NOD32 running on my own computer w/ the latest signatures, and nothing seems to be problematic.

    (Speaking of Gentoo, I’m waiting for 2008.0 to come out of beta and install it on my Thinkpad T61 — fun fun fun!)