Category Archives: Cyber Dissident

Rule stiffens penalties for Chinese hackers

BEIJING – Starting on Thursday, hackers who broke into 20 or more computers will face jail terms of up to seven years, according to a new judicial interpretation issued jointly by the China’s Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

People who hack from 20 to 100 computers, or steal from 10 to 50 user names and passwords for online-payment or stock accounts, will get at least three years in prison. And those who hack even more computers or steal more passwords will face jail terms of up to seven years.

The latest rule, an interpretation made to deal with online crimes, which were added to the Criminal Law in 2009, also applies to Chinese hackers who steal information from foreign computers, said Zhou Guangquan, a member of the National People’s Congress’s law committee and a professor in criminal law at Tsinghua University.

via Rule stiffens penalties for hackers.


Korea – Chinese Hackers Infatuated with Koreans’ Personal Info

Chinese computer hackers are apparently hell-bent on obtaining Korean nationals’ personal information, with the number of thefts growing larger.

Alarmingly, Internet users can easily obtain the credit card details of more than 5,000 Koreans by simply downloading a “Korean resident registration number generator” on a Chinese website.

And when browsing “Korean name and identity number” on Baidu, China’s biggest Web portal, nearly 1.4 million results pop up, many of them containing a database showing the personal details of thousands of Koreans.

via The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – Chinese Hackers Infatuated with Koreans’ Personal Info.

Officials in China to monitor public wi-fi use



A green tea, a laptop … and someone monitoring you. Photo: Colleen Kinder/New York Times

BEIJING: New regulations that require bars, restaurants, hotels and bookstores to install costly web-monitoring software are prompting many businesses to cut internet access and sending a chill through the capital’s game-playing, web-grazing literati who have come to expect free wi-fi with their lattes and green tea.

The software, which costs businesses about $US3100 ($2840), provides public security officials the identities of those logging onto the wireless service of a restaurant, cafe or private school and monitors their web activity.

Those who ignore the regulation and provide unfettered access face a $US2300 fine and the possible revocation of their business license.

”From the point of view of the common people, this policy is unfair,” said Wang Bo, the owner of L’Infusion, a cafe that features crepes, waffles and the companionship of several dozing cats. ”It’s just an effort to control the flow of information.”

It is unclear whether the new measures will be strictly enforced or applied beyond the swathe of central Beijing where they are already in effect. But they suggest that public security officials, unnerved by turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa partly enabled by the internet, are undaunted in their efforts to ramp up controls.

At public cybercafes, which is where China’s working poor have access to the internet, customers must hand over state-issued identification before getting on a computer.

The new measures, it would appear, are designed to eliminate a loophole in ”internet management” as it is called, one that has allowed laptop- and iPad-owning college students and expatriates, as well as the hip and the underemployed, to while away their days at cafes and lounges surfing the web in relative anonymity.

It is this demographic that has been at the forefront of the microblogging juggernaut, one that has revolutionised how Chinese exchange information in ways that occasionally frighten officials.

The Dongcheng Public Security Bureau did not respond to requests for comment, but according to its publicly-issued circular, the measure is designed to thwart criminals who use the internet to ”conduct blackmail, traffic goods, gamble, propagate damaging information and spread computer viruses”.

During a survey of more than a dozen businesses, none said they were prepared to purchase the software, which is designed to handle 100 users at one time.

via Officials in China to monitor public wi-fi use.

Curbing Chinese cyber espionage

According to public reports, over the last several months computer hackers have stolen proprietary information from DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, RSA, Epsilon, NASDAQ, and at least a dozen other firms.  Many of these attacks have been traced back to networks in China, but it is unclear whether criminals, government agencies or some combination of the two are responsible for the attacks.

U.S State Department cables obtained by Wikileaks further describe attacks code-named Byzantine Hades on U.S. technology and defense companies that appear to be the work of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

via CPNI :: Curbing Chinese cyber espionage.

Shanghai View: Living in a Police State « Raffaello Pantucci

Things are strange in China at the moment. This past week there was the announcement that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) had told broadcasters not to show TV dramas related to spying, criminal cases, romance or time-travel during May, June and July. The reason is the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the desire of the organs of state that the public is entertained appropriately. This came on the heels of an article published in the magazine of the Central Party School by Zhou Yongkang, the powerful politburo member in charge of State Security, in which he proposed the creation of a massive ID card database including all adult citizens on the mainland to ensure “perfection of citizen identification registration and management.” Orwellian sounding stuff indeed.

via Shanghai View: Living in a Police State « Raffaello Pantucci.

FEATURE-As China rises, grand strategy talk back in style | Reuters

The young are the new masters of the world they use technology more fluent since it’s been their since birth. In China we have to look at our future and our past at once. When you take a peasant class person throw them into smart-phone technology, web access, instant communication this is a game changer in the human evolution matrix.

Social media is a two edge blade for cyber security. In one way goverments today have Facebook pages gathering up information on not just you but what makes you tick. It’s a basic naccistic plasure to go back and see if anyone posted a comment on your last trolling mission. We do it and we love it. But it’s this little fluff of information that got Osaba bin Laden caught. It’s the “digital fluff” that leaves a bread crumb trail everywhere in cyber space.


The number learning basic Chinese was rising, he said, but students were keen to show they had knowledge of a broad range of topics from economics to cyber warfare and the effect of social media on politics.

Much of the new struggle for power between states will take place largely out of sight, experts say, with confrontation in cyberspace or over economic issues such as currency strength largely replacing military conflicts or colonial struggles.

via FEATURE-As China rises, grand strategy talk back in style | Reuters.