[ISN] Warning Issued About China Hackers

From: William Knowles (wkat_private)
Date: Fri Apr 27 2001 - 01:26:28 PDT

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    By D. Ian Hopper
    Associated Press Writer
    Thursday, April 26, 2001; 9:20 PM
    WASHINGTON Federal authorities and security companies are warning
    American businesses to protect themselves next week during a planned
    "Labor Day Strike" from Chinese hackers upset over the recent spy
    plane incident.
    The National Infrastructure Protection Center, the FBI's cybercrime
    arm, said Thursday that "Chinese hackers have publicly discussed
    increasing their activity" from April 30 to May 7. Those days coincide
    with two major Chinese holidays, International Workers Day and Youth
    May 7 also is the two-year anniversary of the bombing of China's
    embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
    American hackers have vandalized scores of Chinese Web sites,
    frequently adding obscene or racist anti-China screeds. Next week's
    attack would be in retaliation, according to U.S. security firms.
    A smattering of American sites have already been attacked by hackers
    claiming to be from China. They have left messages such as "hack the
    USA" and "For our pilot Wang!!! For our China!," according to security
    company Vigilinx. Wang Wei is the name of the Chinese pilot who died
    after crashing into an American spy plane.
    Antivirus company Symantec Corp. also is warning its clients about
    attacks from China, and several network administrators have reported
    on security e-mail lists about increased prodding of their networks
    originating from China.
    There is no evidence that the attacks are sanctioned or organized by
    the Chinese government.
    About 65 Chinese Web sites have been vandalized by American hackers
    since the U.S. reconnaissance plane crash-landed in China, according
    to Web site Attrition.org, which monitors Web site defacements.
    While Web defacements are usually little more than harassment the only
    U.S. government site believed to be attacked recently by a Chinese
    hacker was an obscure Navy site Vigilinx officials warn that more
    serious attacks could occur.
    "It has the potential to escalate into something very damaging if
    emotions run unchecked," said Vigilinx chief executive Bruce Murphy.
    On the Net:
    Vigilinx: http://www.vigilinx.com
    Symantec: http://www.symantec.com
    National Infrastructure Protection Center: http://www.nipc.gov
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