Jul 22 2008

Chinese and Iranian hacker connection?

Published by at 5:58 am under US attacks

Skimming through the news today and came across an article in pr-inside.com, on Iranian hacker attempts to disrupt Jewish American leader’s message to Iran. A small blurb in the piece suggested that there was some evidence of Chinese fingerprints or assistance:

In the month since Hoenlein’s message was posted, Rosen said there have been «dozens» of attempts to hack into the site, called Jerusalemonline.com. He said they succeeded in labeling the Web site as «dangerous» on the Google search engine.

In an e-mail message to The Associated Press, Rosen said his technicians identified the hackers as «probably Iranian based with Chinese assistance or fingerprints.

I have written to Jerusalemonline for further clarification on this section of the article and hopefully will have an update. It would be very interesting to see if there is more to this, even if the Iranians are just using Chinese hacker malware.

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Chinese and Iranian hacker connection?”

  1. Dominic Whiteon 24 Jul 2008 at 2:27 am

    It’s probably just one of the rounds of SQL injection (which seem to be coming predominately from China). I always love how the politics get muddled. SQL injection from China != Attack on Judaism

  2. Heikeon 24 Jul 2008 at 7:01 am


    You are probably correct and I was hoping to get more details from Jerusalemonline but nothing yet.

    For the sake of argument, if the Chinese were involved, it would probably not be politically motivated. Here are a couple of things that ran through my head:

    1) Iranian hackers download free Chinese hacker malware
    2) Iranian hackers purchase Chinese hacker malware
    3) Iranian hackers use compromised Chinese site to launch attack
    4) Iranian hackers outsource attack to Chinese hacker group. Least likely of course.
    5) Just a bunch of scans from China like everyone else gets but at a time when Iranian hackers are trying to break into the system

    Tons of others but only 2 and 4 would show Chinese hacker fingerprints/assistance.

    Hopefully, we will get more feedback from Jerusalemonline.