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Former Chinese hacker’s blog opens provides a perspective

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The 25-year-old computer whiz “Rocy Bird” had enlisted in a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) hacking unit until later leaving in search of a different life.

Nothing at all like the unkempt hackers of popular imagination, the young man wore a military uniform at work in Shanghai. He lived in a dorm where meals often consisted of instant ramen noodles. The workday ran from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., although hackers were often required to work late into the evening.

“One of his first tasks was to improve on a Trojan virus known as Back Orifice 2000, which is designed to remotely hijack a computer system to steal information.

In July 2007, he boasted that his virus had successfully escaped detection by three leading detection programs made by McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro, but that it didn’t get past a fourth, Kaspersky. He also described another assignment: write a virus that would detect any USB storage device attached to a computer and copy its files. The virus was a success and Wang’s boss was pleased.”

Read it at the source http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/12/world/la-fg-china-hacking-20130313

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