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Chinese Hackers to Increase Attacks

Thursday, 03 May 2001 12:00 AM

An NIPC alert advised that hackers had been particularly active over the past two days and warned of a "very significant increase in attempts to exploit known weaknesses" in Unix networks and Microsoft Internet services.

According to the alert, the attempted exploitations "currently number in the millions, and the activity is ongoing."

Last week the FBI-led NIPC warned that the "malicious hacking could escalate from April 30 through May 7" as the Chinese celebrate their memorial days.

Images of a Chinese pilot Wang Wei, presumed dead after a collision between his jet fighter and a U.S. spy plane on April 1, have also appeared on some of the hacked sites.

However, the Chinese hackers claimed they were only responding to U.S. hackers who had defaced Chinese Web sites after the collision with slogans urging China not to monitor U.S. spy flights.

Since the first hackings late last month hackers from several other nations have also joined the battle, forcing both U.S. and Chinese computer experts to increase security.

"May 4 will be the big day," says a Chinese hacker in a message displayed on several hacked Web sites. "We are already inside the U.S. government's computers, and we can hurt them if we choose to," said the message.

"As China should well know - I have owned a good portion of your government machines - but so far only defacements. Now I will proceed to do it ten times over and destroy anything I find," says an American hacker who appeared on the site, prophet@techie.com

So far, the cyberwar has resulted in hundreds of Web site defacements, including those of the White House, FBI, NASA, and Congress. Some security experts now say that the cyberwar seems to have spread beyond China and the U.S., with hackers in other countries aligning themselves with one side or the other.

Hackers from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Brazil, Argentina, and Malaysia are now supporting pro-U.S. hackers. Pro-China hackers are receiving support from hackers in Korea, Indonesia and Japan.

Officials in both Washington and Beijing say they would be closely monitoring network activity to block e-mailed viruses and attempts at network penetration or denial-of-service attacks.

Chinese hackers have made sophisticated hacking tools freely available on their web site, www.cnhonker.com They claim that they have hit the U.S. House of Representatives with a successful denial-of-service attack. They have also hacked into the networks of the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Business Center, the U.S. Geological Survey and Pacific Bell Internet Services.

UUNet, a major Internet service provider, the United Press International news agency and the White House Historical Association have all acknowledged that Chinese hackers have defaced their web sites.

The Xinhua News Agency reported that U.S. hackers have defaced the web sites of the provincial governments of Yichun, Xiajun and Beijing, the Deng Xiaoping police force, the Tsinghua and Xinjiang Universities, and Samsung's and Daewoo Telecoms' Korean sites.

According to the statistics posted on the Chinese Hacker Union's web site, Chinese hackers are now hitting U.S. sites at random, striking government, corporate, and small e-commerce sites. U.S. hackers seem to be focused on defacing government sites.

Apparently, it was the April 1 mid-air collision between a U.S. surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet that sparked the cyberwar.

Copyright 2001 by United Press International.

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