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Mar 09 2011

McAfee PDF on “Night Dragon”

Link to McAfee’s PDF white paper Global Energy Cyberattacks: “Night Dragon” that primarily originated in China.

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Sep 07 2009

Hackbase: Alert Guinness

Someone may want to alert Guinness that a new spin record was just set in China:

Despite its suspicious name, hackbase.com’s operators want to let people know it is a legitimate computer school for defensive purposes and not an illegal hacking school.

“We don’t train hackers, instead we provide professional training for Internet security. It’s up to the trainees whether they want to be a hacker or network administrator,” said Chen Qian, director of the training department.

The online classes are given in the evening and cover topics such as computer maintenance, anti-virus, data recovery, code protection and network attack and defense.

The courses, which cost between 398 to 1,998 yuan ($58- 292), are “easy” and aimed at everyone, even those without a college background or without English language skills, Chen said.

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Aug 31 2009

Microsoft vs. Chinese hacker hero

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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 Sina.com, 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.

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Aug 23 2009

Chinese hackers and 10 million tomatoes

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Not sure if this article on pirated XP supports or refutes Microsoft’s recent attempt to enlist the cooperation of Chinese hackers:

Four Chinese hackers have been convicted of copyright infringement after pirating Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. The hackers modified version of Windows XP, called Tomato Garden, which was downloaded by 10 million people…

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Aug 15 2009

Beware: The “Maritime Girl”

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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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Aug 08 2009

Chinese hackers gone wild

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More on the internal problems China is facing with its own hackers:

“Hackers’ activities are now running wild because they have easy access to free online attack tools,” he said.

“Also, a majority of crackers are not aware of the dangers of their pranks.”

Hackers, usually computer-savvy geeks who compromise other users’ computer security systems to gain unauthorized access, are aware of protective technological benchmarks now becoming much more quickly outdated.

“They can easily obtain free attack tools on hacker websites, and launch assaults like guerrillas. But to defend against them demands comprehensive and powerful security systems,” Li said.

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Aug 08 2009

China cooperates in international hacking incident

Chinese authorities arrested two people in connection with the hacking theft of approximately $360,000 US dollars from online South Korean bank accounts.  Since March of 2008, the two hackers had managed to access the accounts of 86 South Korean nationals:

Piao and Jin, both aged 27, were residents in Yanji, capital city of the prefecture. They were detained by local police on June 16 and 27, respectively. They transferred the stolen money through foreign exchange brokers into a bank in Yanbian.

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Aug 05 2009

China starting to worry about its own hackers

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The picture seen above is an advertisement for a Chinese hacker training course.  Now I know many of you are struggling to process this information;  something seems wrong with the picture.  The reason your brain is having trouble with the image,  is that it is located in a place called, the “outdoors”.  Like me, many of you spend way too much time online and this poster is horribly out of place.

The following report from China Daily talks about the growing public concern over hacking and online hacking courses.  It also interviews Wang Xianbing, a consultant for hackbase.com:

“Lots of hacker schools only teach students how to hack into unprotected computers and steal personal information,” said Wang Xianbing, a security consultant for hackerbase.com. “They then make a profit by selling users’ information.”

For investing hundreds of yuan in hacker school, students could obtain the skills to make a fortune, Wang said.

“Hacker school is a bit like driving school – they teach you how to drive but it’s up to you if you are going to drive safely or kill someone,” said Wang.

What the article doesn’t tell you is that Wang Xianbing is also known as Janker and the Lonely Swordsman; one of China’s first generation of hackers and the leader of online conflicts with the US and Japan.

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Jul 29 2009

Windows 7 Ultimate on sale for $1

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Oh my, Chinese hackers may have cracked Windows 7.  No need to connect to Microsoft activation server:

It must have been a complicated process, but in a nutshell, hackers reportedly used the leaked ISO file to get hold of the activation certificate that Microsoft digitally signed for the original equipment manufacturer, or OEM version of Windows 7. It’s rumored that the key that got hacked is one that can be used to activate multiple OEM-branded installations, such as Dell’s, HP’s, or, of course, Lenovo’s.

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Apr 26 2009

PRC Hacker Street Tax

Some Chinese hackers have been arrested for performing DDoS extortion attacks.  The hackers launched a successful denial of service attack on a well-known website and then send an SMS text message asking for 30,000RMB (about 4,400 USD).  At least one of the hackers was arrested on April 7th in Changsha City, Hunan Province.

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