Sunday, February 03, 2013

Chinese Hackers - Infiltrating the West

Last UPDATE: January 7, 2013

James Lewis - Center for Strategic & International Studies
[Source: Al-Jazeera, English program, 1st February, 2013]

These days, there is much noise in Western media concerning "China's government hacking the Free World".

As to the New York Times which was after a story that should reveal private income of China's leader Wen JiaBao and his family, there is not much to say. Of course, China's authorities are able to invade certain websites in order to get strategic information from anybody attacking the core of their power. If People's Daily or any other official Chinese paper ever dared to use "investigative journalism" to find out the amount of alleged private earnings of U.S. ex-president Bush senior in the frame of his contacts with the armament industry (Carlyle and the Saudis ...), I could imagine how furiously all those technically skilled specialists and agencies related to the Pentagon would react.

Now, there is the question to what extent Chinese authorities are regularly attacking Western government institutions and high-tech companies in some kind of military hacking. This kind of hacking, however, leads to another question which is that of civil hacking by some Chinese folks who are resembling much those uncivilized guys traditionally haunting the websites of our hemissphere.

In fact, there is much civil hacking in China despite a rigorous control of internet access by China Telecom and state security. Yet, even in China internet security can be outwitted which brought about some special kind of hacker we encountered in a German TV interview already years ago. He said: "When I am breaking through the Great Firewall of China, I always think of doing something in favour of my country. If I can infiltrate the network of Taiwan's defense ministry, maybe the punishment for being caught while tunnelling out of China will be less severe."

China’s Ministry of National Defense recently said, “Chinese laws prohibit any action including hacking that damages Internet security.” It added that “to accuse the Chinese military of launching cyberattacks without solid proof is unprofessional and baseless.” [Source: New York Times on January 30, 2013].

In the frame of the official Chinese declaration on internet security, I searched some IT platforms in the People's Republic for links to "hacking" and related vocabulary. However, I did not find much except some hints at the security standards of Google OS and the quest for "cheap" copies of Western standard software, altogether rather harmless material as expected before. Compare this with the self-portrayals of some Western hackers who seem to fear no consequences for what they are doing.

Nevertheless, there must be an extensive civil hacking activity that is binding much capacity of China's security authorities. The following quotations are dealing with "China's domestic hacking problem" and have been taken from Chinese web resources. Maybe, all those allegations on "China's military hacking activity" could then turn into a demographic problem of a densely populated nation with steadily rising economic and communications capacities. By now, even the number of Chinese language websites should be surpassing that of English language sites as has been predicted already years ago.

The schematic diagram above of "assembly line virus" as used
by hackers makes a difference between "invading virus" (left)
and "virus extracting money" (right). The diagram has been
composed by some Chinese "Lucky Star Anti-Virus Center".


Computer Related Crimes in China


公安部侦破最大网站入侵案 30省185家网站被黑

An investigation by the Ministry of Public Security broke with the greatest case of website infiltration in 30 provinces on 185 hacked homepages.


Dealers of falsified certificates and computer hackers [shook hands] when they invaded official websites in a range effecting about 30 provinces, municipalities [directly under the central government] and autonomous regions. The Ministry of Public Security recently organized the opening of a news release meeting [or: press conference] in Jieyang township presenting sources which delivered clues in that case, thereby announcing the most extensive case of government website infiltration, investigated and [solved] by the public security organization in recent years.
Note: Jieyang township is located in Guangdong province (广东省).


By 12th of this month [i.e. July 2012], the overall number of suspects, seized for being involved in that case of criminal action, reached 165 for any place of the country. More than 7100 fake certificates and more than 10.000 [illegal] seals have been confiscated.


News spread from a public site of Jieyang township
revealing all kinds of confiscated fake certificates.

[Source: XinHua News on July 26, 2012]



A group of hackers, joining for five months to invade more than 70 government websites, has now been sentenced.

The article is mentioning 80-90 youths forming the group's main body. Some of them should have only junior middle school education. 13 group members received prison sentences between one year six months and seven years.

[Source: People's Network quoted by on September 09, 2012]


" We Did It "


揭秘全球黑客组织“匿名者” 多次黑掉美中情局

A secret global hacker organization "The Anonymous Ones" being
exposed for having hacked America's Central Intelligence many times.


A hacker group named "The Anonymous Ones" and which became famous for their attack on Scientology's instruction network, also hacked websites of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Japan's company Sony and Britain's daily "The Sun". In the focus of some network people these are heroic rebels, while they are a "terrorist organization of the internet" in the focus of supervizing departments in charge of national networks. Last year they turned, even more, towards goals of transnational hitting activities, great in strength and impetus. Britain's "Observer" tried to locate some exposed members of the "Anonymous Ones" together with specialists involved in research of the "hacker phenomenon" in an attempt to lift the mysterious veil of what claims to be the "world's greatest hacker organization".

Editor's Note: The complete article was published on October 26, 2012, by 环球网, a news network belonging to a media group in the People's Republic of China. The article doesn's include any reference to hacking activity in China.


"China Hacking" - Another subject at the Munich Security Conference
[February 2, 2013]

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China's Internet People - A Growing Population

A Brave New World of Internet Security

Above: Professional visitor to "blueprint news" coming from the Philadelphia branch of Lockheed Information Technology Company, a provider of computer related services to U.S. aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin in Denver, Colorado. That visitor has been tracked back in order to demonstrate one legal mechanism of verifying an internet address. All data referring to that visitor and regarded as probably sensitive have been deleted from tracking protocols and will not be given away to third parties.

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