Forwarded by: "Talisker" <Taliskerat_private> I've noticed a marked increase of defaced Chinese sites in the last few days, this latest China vs USA cybergraffiti is becoming reminiscent of the tit for tat defacements between the Palestinian and Israeli sites a few months ago. These trends are often perceived as being a barometer for public feeling, though the defacers are usually a small handful of groups devoting a lot of time to their "cause". The article makes a valid point, the guy was defacing Chinese sites long before he found his "just cause". The defacers often change their tune from "we deface coz it's fun" to "we deface to improve security" the transition usually takes a few months. Having said all that, gone are the days when a nations borders prevented the general populus from having direct contact with a potential adversary. There are groups who seem to project a genuine political agenda, G-Force Pakistan and Herbless to name but two. I was recently introduced to the term "asymmetric warfare" which seems to describe their actions quite well (Asymmetric warfare focuses whatever comparative advantages one side has against the other side's relative vulnerabilities or weaknesses) For the most part these defacements are harmless, as most Internet facing websites reside outside the network perimeter, with the obvious exception of the companies that rely on these sites for their business, the greatest loss for these targets is kudos. defacement sites http://defaced.alldas.de http://www.attrition.org/mirror/attrition/ http://www.safemode.org/ Take Care Andy http://www.networkintrusion.co.uk Talisker's Network Security Tools List Security Tools Notification http://groups.yahoo.com/group/security-tools/join ----- Original Message ----- From: "Cancer Omega" <comegaat_private> To: <ISNat_private> Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 8:08 PM Subject: [ISN] Scriptkiddies, China and U.S. > This is a bit more based in reality than Washington Post writer Ariana > Eunjung Cha's "Chinese Suspected of Hacking U.S. Sites" hype-tripe. > > > http://www.vny.com/cf/News/upidetail.cfm?QID=176657 > > Thursday, 12 April 2001 17:18 (ET) > China sites hacked by "kiddie" over crisis > By CHARLES CHOI, UPI Science Writer > > An online vandal or "cracker" who threatened to assault Chinese Web > servers in retaliation for China's detention of 24 American airmen may not > be as capable or as politically-motivated as he wanted to appear. > > The vandal, known as pr0phet, threatened a large-scale attack as > retribution for the international crisis that began 11 days ago, April 1, > when a U.S. spy plane was forced to land in Hainan Island. > > "This will be my first serious set of defacements -- and will be in regard > to China acting completely ignorant and outlandish," pr0phet wrote on the > Chinese website www.yancheng.cngb.com . "Now I will proceed to own ten > times over what I have previously -- and destroy anything I find -- > because Im (sic) ignorant and outlandish too." [...] ISN is hosted by SecurityFocus.com --- To unsubscribe email LISTSERVat_private with a message body of "SIGNOFF ISN".
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