Archive for April, 2011

Apr 28 2011

Word cloud and Word document for 2011 White Paper on National Defense

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Created with Worlde

Also, the online version of the China White Paper on National Defense was so annoying, like 40 pages, created a more manageable word document if you want it White Paper National Defense 2011.

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Apr 28 2011

FBI: $11 million worth of unauthorized wire transfers to China

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Very interesting report via the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, in cooperation with the FBI, on unauthorized wire transfers to China.  When I say “interesting,” I mean I don’t understand it…not sure what the implications are, if any.  Get the basics of the report, just not sure who the perp is supposed to be? Chinese, Russian, US?  So, smart blog reading people help me out.  Full PDF report on the unauthorized wire transfers here and the two paragraphs that have me scratching my head:

The unauthorized wire transfers range from $50,000 to $985,000. In most cases, they tend to be above $900,000, but the malicious actors have been more successful in receiving the funds when the unauthorized wire transfers were under $500,000. When the transfers went through successfully, the money was immediately withdrawn from or transferred out of the recipients’ accounts. 

In addition to the large wire transfers, the malicious actors also sent domestic ACH and wire transfers to money mules in the United States within minutes of conducting the overseas transfers. The domestic wire transfers range from $200 to $200,000. The intended recipients are money mules, individuals who the victim company has done business with in the past, and in one instance, a utility company located in another U.S. state. The additional ACH transfers initiated using compromised accounts range from $222,500 to $1,275,000.”

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Apr 25 2011

The online “Water Army”

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The graphic from Techweb shows the “internet” shrieking, “Water Army!”  The wind up soldiers’ keys are in the shape of the finance symbol for the Renminbi.

Besides hackers, we also follow modes of cyber influence inside China such as the 50 Cent Party.    Little rough-and-tumble viral marketing in the Middle Kingdom from a group dubbed the Water Army; can’t let the government take up all the oxygen in the room:

Posting negative comments on the Web about products and services is fast becoming the most popular channel for Chinese consumers to vent their spleen. Yet, behind this veneer of free expression lies a murky world of cyber bullies and unscrupulous webmasters who are manipulating the media to either promote or smear a company’s image for profit.

In a country with nearly 400 million Web users, online marketing has become a big business and has spawned a legion of Internet public relations agencies. Their services include not only getting a product seen but also removing any negative feedback they find.

‘Real estate, cars, electronics: These are usually the most lucrative when it comes to deleting negative posts,’said Ma Mingdong, a 25-year-old Beijing blogger and online marketer. ‘Many people think it’s complicated to delete posts but it isn’t.‘”

Read more on China’s Water Army

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Apr 25 2011

Chinese hackers bringing the world together

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Fallout from Night Dragon:

Chinese hackers may have inspired memorandum between India and Kazakhstan on cyber security. The agreement, specifically mentioned to by Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev during his joint press conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was proposed by the Indian side but found ready accepta nce with the Central Asian government.

 Kazakhstan, an oil and gas-rich nation, was targeted by coordinated cyber attacks by a group of hackers who sought to break into the computers of energy firms and secure data on oil, gas and petrochemicals.”

Read more at Hindustan Times

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Apr 21 2011

Shock: Chinese hackers not supporting the Jasmine Revolution

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Two activist websites supporting the Jasmine Revolution are reporting DDOS attacks coming from IPs originating in China., a US based activist website, specified locations in China to hold protests: is currently hosting a petition to free Beijing activist Ai Weiwei that contains over a 100,000 signatures:

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