[FoRK] Google notches victory in Chinese hacker fight
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.
> Google notches victory in Chinese hacker fight
> February 8, 2010 by Valerie Helmbreck
> Posted in: Information security, Special Report, cybercrime,
> e-commerce, online banking
> 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
> 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.
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