Oct 22 2008

Chinese hackers taking advantage of Microsoft “Black Screen of Death”

Published by at 8:59 pm under Chinese Malware,Hacking for money

By now most of you have heard of Microsoft’s attempt to rid itself of pirated copies of Windows in China.  This has caused a wave of fear in the average Chinese user, thinking their computers are about to be turned into one big paperweight.

The Micropoint Anti-Virus Company has posted a warning stating that hackers have wasted no time in taking advantage of this fear.  While users are furiously searching the internet for a solution to this problem, the hackers are busy posting links to downloads that promise a solution.  The only problem is that these are fake solutions and they come bundled with malware such as the Gray Pigeon trojan designed to allow remote control of the computer.

Welcome to Chinese hacker social engineering 101.  Or, we could try and force the dialectic of thesis, antithesis, synthesis: anti-piracy program, anti-anti-piracy program, hacking.  In the Chinese hacker community, the conflict between thesis and antithesis is always resolved with more hacking.

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8 Responses to “Chinese hackers taking advantage of Microsoft “Black Screen of Death””

  1. [...] The article that accompanies the cartoon, suggests that Chinese users might be just as much a victim of software pirates as Microsoft.  Cough.  Since Microsoft is using patch updates to cause the “black screen of death, ” it might be better to visit third party sites for patches.  However, warning, hackers are using these types of sites to pass along malware. [...]

  2. [...] The Dark Visitor » Chinese hackers taking advantage of Microsoft “Black Screen of Death” Chinese hackers taking advantage of Microsoft “Black Screen of Death” [...]

  3. [...] program seen above is a patch for the Microsoft “black screen of death” and was written by a female Chinese hacker group at the Guangdong Foreign Language, Foreign [...]

  4. [...] "The Micropoint Anti-Virus Company has posted a warning stating that hackers have wasted no time in taking advantage of this fear," explains Scott Henderson, who follows Chinese hackers on his blog, The Dark Visitor. [...]

  5. Cherryon 27 Oct 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Nice blog!
    Speaking of the dark screen thing, did you know that someone make a beautiful desktop out of it? It’s called “自觉黑屏” if you could read chinese.

    It would be really good if you include this in your future blog.

  6. Heikeon 27 Oct 2008 at 5:35 pm


    Glad you like the blog. Thanks for the tip on “自觉黑屏,” I will check it out! We hope you keep coming back.

  7. [...] response to the recent Black Screen of Death incident.  However, if this is only required for internet cafes, it won’t make a dent in the [...]

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