Aug 15 2009
In November of 2008, Chinese hackers used the popularity of the the viral video “Kappa Girl” to infect an untold number of users. In May of 2009, Chinese hackers started using pictures of the “Maritime Girl” for exactly the same purpose.
In the Mainland China Internet Security Report for the First Half of 2009, researchers examine a couple of case studies looking at the top-10 methods for spreading trojans and coming in at number four was the “Maritime Girl“.
Yin Hong, known now and probably forever as the “Maritime Girl”, was a student at the Shanghai Maritime University and posed in a series of very revealing photos for her boyfriend. After they broke up, the boyfriend spitefully posted the photos all over China’s interwebs. A download frenzy ensues and Chinese hackers attach trojan malware primarily used to steal online gaming accounts.
Welcome once again to Chinese hacker social engineering 101.
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