By David Barboza
The New York Times
February 1, 2010
CHANGSHA, China -- With a few quick keystrokes, a computer hacker who
goes by the code name Majia calls up a screen displaying his latest
"Here's a list of the people who've been infected with my Trojan horse,"
he says, working from a dingy apartment on the outskirts of this city in
central China. "They don't even know what's happened."
As he explains it, an online "trapdoor" he created just over a week ago
has already lured 2,000 people from China and overseas -- people who
clicked on something they should not have, inadvertently spreading a
virus that allows him to take control of their computers and steal bank
Majia, a soft-spoken college graduate in his early 20s, is a cyberthief.
He operates secretly and illegally, as part of a community of hackers
who exploit flaws in computer software to break into Web sites, steal
valuable data and sell it for a profit.
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