JULY 14, 2005
by Sun-Hong Park
It is reported that Chinese hackers might mount major attacks on
Japanese websites via Korean servers on August 15. The news is causing
a stir in Korea. The Korean servers, which the hackers might use to
avoid IP tracing, include not only those of universities but also
those of some government agencies. The report will continue to create
ripple effects across Korea.
Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po reported on July 2, "The Association of China's
Red Hackers, one of the world's five hacking groups, plans to launch
formidable attacks on the anti-Chinese websites in Japan between July
The Association of China's Red Hackers, the largest hacker
association, consists of students and graduates of Peking University's
Center of Science and Society.
Wen Wei Po added that the association grouped their members into three
teams with each one focusing on the following three tasks: collecting
information to find weak points of their targets; preparing for
Japan's counterattacks; and hitting Japan's anti-Chinese websites
including that of Fusosha, a center of contention over distorted
One member of the Chinese hackers' group told his Korean acquaintance,
"They have chosen three candidate servers of a Korean gaming company
and universities as their hacking routes. The security level of those
servers is lower than expected. So they are thought to be proper for
avoiding IP tracking."
The hacker said, "As of July 13, 45,000 hackers in China joined our
plan. Keep an eye on us on August 15."
In April this year, Chinese hackers coincided their attacks on
Japanese websites with mass anti-Japanese demonstrations across
Mainland China. But their attempts failed because the Japanese
authorities blocked all Chinese IP addresses. That is why the Chinese
hackers want to hijack Korean IP addresses this time. They seem to
believe that if they launch assaults via Korean servers, Japan would
find it hard to block the Korean IP addresses.
On the matter, Han Seong-guk, a computer engineering professor at
Wonkwang University, commented, "If Chinese hackers are allowed to
exploit Korean servers freely, that is tantamount to our giving up
Korea's sovereignty in cyber warfare. If they use Korean servers
without permission, it means that they are able to easily change the
content of information there."
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