Report: Chinese TV doc reveals cyber-mischief

Report: Chinese TV doc reveals cyber-mischief

The cyber-plot thickens: As you’ve read here on Buzz, China has jumped on the cyber-victimhood bandwagon. Beijing announced earlier this month that its networks get attacked all the time, too, apparently as part of a new campaign to fight the U.S. narrative that America is helpless against mean ol’ China’s relentless network intrusions, which have been robbing American governments and companies blind. To that end, China released an official TV documentary depicting the U.S. as an “implacable aggressor” in cyberspace, but in doing so, it also tipped its hand, according to a report in the newspaper Epoch Times.

As Matthew Robertson and Helena Zhu write, the documentary briefly shows Chinese cyber-operatives’ computer screen, evidently as an illustration of their competence in defending against attacks. During those few seconds, Robertson and Zhu write, the program actually shows the commission of a cyber attack:

The screenshots appear as B-roll footage in the documentary for six seconds—between 11:04 and 11:10 minutes—showing custom-built Chinese software apparently launching a cyber-attack against the main website of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, by using a compromised IP address belonging to a United States university.


The screenshots show the name of the software and the Chinese university that built it, the Electrical Engineering University of China’s People’s Liberation Army—direct evidence that the PLA is involved in coding cyber-attack software directed against a Chinese dissident group.

The software window says “Choose Attack Target.” The computer operator selects an IP address from a list—it happens to be 138.26.72.17—and then selects a target. Encoded in the software are the words “Falun Gong website list,” showing that attacking Falun Gong websites was built into the software.

A drop-down list of dozens of Falun Gong websites appears. The computer operator chooses Minghui​.org, the main website of the Falun Gong spiritual practice. The IP address 138.26.72.17 belongs to the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), according to an online trace.

The shots then show a big “Attack” button on the bottom left being pushed, before the camera cuts away.

The Epoch Times is often critical of the Chinese government and connected with the Falun Gong movement.

Robertson and Zhu write that it’s among the first public pieces of evidence that the Chinese government is a top cyber-aggressor, although defense and cyber-security officials have been saying for years that China is behind many of the attacks on American networks. But it’s fascinating that the very piece of propaganda designed to shift blame elsewhere may have been what confirmed the world’s suspicions.

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Somewhere in China someone is in deep trouble!

Since it’s public, an execution by gunshot is likely. Otherwise, a rolling “suicide wagon” would likely show up. I.E., “commie justice.” Thank God I live in the “Free” world!

Nice piece, thanks.

No, no! We’re not attacking ourselves! The mean ole’ US is!! We just have software built to to infiltrate the US, then launch an attack as them against us… I mean.… uh… oops.

BUT– maybe now cyber-war will be declared and a stop to this will be enforced

The US should not be at fault, I just want back what someone in that country took from me.

There was a sample, It’s much easier to blame than to admitt.

in the “free world” you get jailed for life and raped by blacks and hispanics without the green card.
what would you rather have then?

:>

The description of the footage sounds like something right out of Central Casting. “Hey, we need to have something that quickly and obviously makes rednecks realize that This Is Computer Hacking Happening Here. So put together some cool stuff with a bunch of phosphor-dot text, and put in a bunch of names like “US MILITARY BASES” and “FALUN GONG” and “CIA MAIN SERVER”. Don’t forget some easy ‘click here to do stuff’ graphics that take up half the screen.”

The idea of a big red “ATTACK” button is hilarious.

While it is possible that it was a blooper, the flip side of the coin is that they are sending a message to all of their trouble makers. After all they have a massive amount of experience in PR, and while a goof is possible, they might be taking a page from the Israeli’s book in response to Iran, just a little more quietly.

Point your index finger at someone and accuse them of whatever. Notice you have 3 of your fingers pointing back at you. I learned a long time ago that if I am being accused of , take for example, “You are cheating on me”…Most likely it is the bitch cheating on you and she in my example is the true cheat! In this case China is the bitch and so is my exwife.

We have “freely” given the Chinese the ultimate power over us by exporting jobs and training, their cyber expertise is the icing on that cake. Education and training are requisite for US citizens to tip the balance back in our favor. Let’s work smart and bring control of our economy back to our shores. Chinese are known to be ruthless throughout history, be sure to read the signs–the message is clear.

This news isn’t surprising. Back in 2006 the PLA was so arrogant, that they didn’t even hide their military installation IP addresses while trying to poke a hole in my UTM gateway. As of 2008, they finally wised up and now these attacks seem to originate from Universities. Of course any cracker worth his salt can make it look like these things happen from any address; but you will never convince me the Chinese military was stupid enough to let a bot net inside their Military base network.

One side affect of being the aggressor, is better awareness of one’s own weaknesses. I’m sure this is why the PRC adopted Open BSD as a national operating system.

HA! For sure! Like that is the way it is done! :^0!

Heck! They make most of our Integrated Circuit chips and burn most of our software. They already have us by the nuts!

Texas Instruments is building a HUGE factory for chip making — maybe they see the future?

Is it possible that products from the Chinese base texas instruments could have chips embedded that would report back to China automatically? I am highly suspicious of cyber products from China.

The so-called hacking tool in the news just show us distributed denial-of-service attack. I don’t think this news is valuable to us. The software in the picture is not as powerful as media said.

First of all, this tool can’t achieve a DDoS. A DDoS needs thousands computers that controlled by attackers. Second, minghui​.org does not have the ip 130.26.72.17 as listed in the video. Maybe the tool’s version is too old, it’s useless for attacking minghui​.org. The title of the software is “People’s Liberation Army Institute of Electronic Engineering”. That is a Chinese college and the website is http://​www​.eei​.edu​.cn/ . So I have doubts whether it’s a tool for cyberattack or just a teaching tools.

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