Shadow Hacking Network Exposed And Traced To Chinese Citizens
April 6, 2010
Researchers from the Information Warfare Monitor and the Shadowserver Foundation said that a series of hacks, which also included the Embassy of Pakistan in the U.S. and various businesses around the world, were traced back to two individuals living in Chengdu, China.
They believe them to be only two of a much larger underbelly of the Internet, which has become a large shadow network of hackers and Internet criminals.
The group uses social networking sites, slipping through flaws in their security to put malicious software onto computers in officers, businesses, and politically relevant sites.
The researchers say that they don’t believe China’s government to be involved, but are interested in seeing what they plan to do about it, or if they plan to do anything at all.
So far, the response has not been positive.
“We have from time to time heard this kind of news. I don’t know the purpose of stirring up these issues,” a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
The director of the group that launched the report, Professor Rob Deibert, said he was not at all surprised by the statement.
“Have a look at that report and make up your mind whether you think it is groundless,” he said.
The massive network has already managed to infiltrate over 1,200 computers worldwide, setting up a chain of information that has underline the need for governments to begin cracking down on cyber security.
Deibert hopes that the report’s release will lead to that action.
“The social media clouds of cyberspace we rely upon today have a dark, hidden core. There is a vast, subterranean ecosystem to cyberspace within which criminal and espionage networks thrive.”