[FoRK] Google notches victory in Chinese hacker fight

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Feb 9 09:52:47 PST 2010


But what about the generals / agents who they were reporting to??

> the attacks are being taken as an APT – Advanced Persistent Threat – 
> which is milspeak for
> an attacker that is so sophisticated and well funded that it would 
> seem to require state sponsorship.
http://www.financetechnews.com/chinese-police-bust-hacker-training-operation/
> Google notches victory in Chinese hacker fight
> February 8, 2010 by Valerie Helmbreck
> Posted in: Information security, Special Report, cybercrime, 
> e-commerce, online banking
>
>
> whistle-blower
>
> How much pressure does it take to get Chinese officials to crack down 
> on would-be cyber-criminals? Plenty, but there’s been modest movement 
> recently with the shuttering of an alleged hacker training operation.
>
> Police in central China have shut down the organization that openly 
> recruited thousands of members online. The folks who ran the “Black 
> Hawk Safety Net” provided its “students” with cyber-attack lessons and 
> malicious software, Chinese state media said recently.
>
> Officials say the training group schooled paying customers in Web site 
> hacking techniques and Trojan software.
>
> The shutdown comes as concern continues to mount that China is a 
> center for industrial espionage and criminal behavior on the Web.
>
> The situation got so bad recently, search giant Google threatened to 
> abandon the country, ostensibly because of Chinese censorship. But the 
> threatened pullout came after the software giant charged that Google 
> e-mail accounts were hacked from China.
>
> Google wasn’t the lone victim in that assault, which also hit at least 
> 20 other companies. But it was by far the biggest player with the most 
> muscle.
>
> Seems that flexing that muscle had at least a small impact.
>
> Nobody seems to know if the lawlessness surrounding China’s Web 
> activities is the result of independent criminals or if there’s any 
> state or military involvement in the schemes.
>
> But for now, the hacker training operation — and its 12,000 paying 
> subscribers, as well as its 170,000 free members — will have to find 
> another home. Seems that officials seized five computers and a car,  
> shut down all Web sites involved in the case and froze 1.7 million 
> yuan ($250,000) in assets along with arresting three people.
>
>
> One Response to “Google notches victory in Chinese hacker fight”
>
>    1. Manichattan Junior Says:
>       February 9th, 2010 at 12:17 pm
>
>       That seems like a great development.
>       And though it may “seem” like nobody knows if the PRC was 
> involved in the hacking schemes,
>       in fact a lot of investigators seem sure of it.
>       In other words, the attacks are being taken as an APT – Advanced 
> Persistent Threat – which is milspeak for
>       an attacker that is so sophisticated and well funded that it 
> would seem to require state sponsorship.
>       -Manichattan Jr.

sdw







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