Apr 09 2009

Withered Rose…law done come and got him

Published by at 7:25 pm under Evil and/or Stupid,Other attacks


I’m originally from down south and a local expression suddenly came back to me tonight.  We had this crazy guy named George, lived a couple of houses down the road, always doing really strange things.  I remember my uncle stopped by the house one day and said, “You know Ole George…law done come and got him.”  Not a word, just nods.  We all figured it was just a matter of time.

We’ve reported on Withered Rose here and hereTime Magazine has more on him here.

Well, for some reason, Withered Rose decided to start DDoS attacks on his fellow Chinese hackers at Hackbase, HackerXFiles and 3800hk.  Speculation points toward website blackmail, which Rose and his gang have been notorious for in the past.  Needless to say, the victims didn’t take very kindly to this sort of hacker-on-hacker violence.

What is kind of surprising, is that the hacker organizations he decided to attack turned over all of their evidence to the Public Security Department.  According to the report from Hackbase, Withered Rose’s website has been shut down by authorities and he faces 7 1/2 years in jail…

withered rose shut down

Withered Rose’s website closed

Yep, law done come and got him.

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Withered Rose…law done come and got him”

  1. David Oxleyon 10 Apr 2009 at 3:41 am

    Hackers turning each other over to the police? “no honor among thieves” indeed!

    Then again, I guess a victim is a victim, regardless of their own illegal pastimes.

  2. Heikeon 10 Apr 2009 at 6:15 am

    “No honor among thieves”

    David, I had that very same thought while I read the article from Hackbase.

  3. every1s0bviouson 10 Apr 2009 at 6:50 pm

    LOL, that is hilarious. Real criminal hackers that AREN’T working for the government to go to the government and get them arresting one of their own.


    And funny thing is. Don’t you think if these hacker groups were really distant from their government as ours tend to be, that they would be even more distant not having the sorts of rights we have? It is a totalitarian government. “China is against cybercrime”! (So China says.)

    Obviously, you see this in what you found, but just wanted to talk about the 800 lb gorilla picking at gnits in his coat.


  4. genudgidgeon 13 Apr 2009 at 7:32 am

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  5. every1s0bviouson 18 Apr 2009 at 1:41 am

    Sorry, I do not know if that is Russian or Chinese.

    I have never seen Russian before.

  6. Heikieon 18 Apr 2009 at 5:48 am


    This is becoming a big problem for Beijing and the Chinese hackers may find themselves in a spot of trouble.

    In the early years, the nationalist period, few Chinese hackers would do anything inside the country. That has changed now that the average Chinese citizen has more disposable income. In other words, there is something to steal.

    China has been adding more teeth to laws regarding online crime. We will have to wait and see if they start going after all brands (internal and external) of hackers.

    They have also made strides to clarify what constitutes illegal activity on the webs. It was difficult to prosecute certain crimes due to poorly worded legislation.

  7. doyoon 21 Apr 2009 at 4:43 am


  8. Heikeon 22 Apr 2009 at 2:13 am


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