Aug 31 2009

Microsoft vs. Chinese hacker hero

Hong Lei

More on Tomato Garden and the arrest of Hong Lei, the author of the pirated software.  Online polls show massive support for Hong Lei as a nationalist hero:

The Chinese IT community is abuzz with news of the arrest of Hong Lei, distributor of the popular “Tomato Garden” pirate version of Windows XP, which means the popular unlocked version of the Microsoft software will no longer be available.

According to, more than 90 percent of users they surveyed are or were users of Tomato Garden pirate editions. And 79 percent said they were on Tomato Garden’s side. Less than 5 percent said they supported Microsoft.

The Wall Street Journal has some interesting interviews with people inside China concerning the case and the drivers behind the software theft.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Microsoft vs. Chinese hacker hero”

  1. CBRP1R8on 02 Sep 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Speaking of arrests…not sure if you guys saw these 4 guys get nailed for Ddosing baidu and lots of other sites trying to get at their rivals game servers…lawlz…

    DDOS Epic Fail!

  2. Heikeon 04 Sep 2009 at 7:51 am

    No, I hadn’t seen that and yep, epiiiccc fail.

  3. jyygrdgon 27 Sep 2009 at 12:02 am

    i still want to see more on china law and english/common english weath law and the us law as it pertains to international infractractions and prosecution. i am not well educatied in this area. stay in touch please. i could not attend the cn embassy here in canada as i was away but i do have some questions for the consular there. your visa stuff is very cumbersome. makes the beauracy in canada appear to be smooth. gotta run. just getting some kinks of my computer iit aint a panasonic which i like more but can not get my hands on one at this time.

    talk with you later.