Chinese hackers deface the Russian Consulate in Shanghai

Chinese hackers deface the Russian Consulate in Shanghai

Summary: That was fast. Chinese hackers collaborating with the Chinese Hacking Union, a two-years old training community for wannabe hackers, hacked and defaced the official web site of  the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Shanghai, PRC in response to the recent accusations that a Russian navy vessel has sank a Chinese cargo ship.

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That was fast. Chinese hackers collaborating with the Chinese Hacking Union, a two-years old training community for wannabe hackers, hacked and defaced the official web site of  the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Shanghai, PRC in response to the recent accusations that a Russian navy vessel has sank a Chinese cargo ship.

The message left on the now "under maintenance" site translates as follows:

"Russia invaded our territory to kill people from the People's Republic. Hack done for the Chinese crew of controversy! Russia must be punished! ! ! Hacked BY: Yu"

In a related interview, profiling the hacker "Yu" after the Russian Consulate hack, he describes himself as a network security enthusiast that has been defacing Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and U.S sites for a while, but had to give up his activities due to college studies. Interestingly, he's also insisting that education is the better choice in the long term, than the web site defacements he's involved into.

Yu's hacking group, as well as the Chinese Hacking Union, are a great example of the diverse but highly de-centralized province-based IT underground scene in China. Largely inspired by the glorious China Eagle Union, the Red Hacker's Alliance and the Hacker Union of China, new training communities keep popping-up like mushrooms - even gender based ones (Chinese female hacking group spotted).

The site of the Russian Consulate in Shangha remains serving a "The site is currently under maintenance! sorry for any inconveniences!" message.

Topic: Security

Dancho Danchev

About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • Bad headline

    The alleged "hactivists" defaced a website, not a building. One way to find out whether or not it was an independent effort would be to see how hard the Chinese authorities try to apprehend the perpetrators. Given that China is a Communist dictatorship, I don't think the Russian Foreign Minister would be impressed with pleas of due process (I wouldn't be if I had that job).
    John L. Ries
    • Re: Bad headline

      Exactly, the first sentence says the same thing:

      "a two-years old training community for wannabe hackers, hacked and DEFACED THE OFFICIAL WEB SITE the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Shanghai, PRC"
      ddanchev
  • RE: Chinese hackers deface the Russian Consulate in Shanghai

    The headline is misleading. They defaced a WEB SITE, not the consulate itself. We who work with computers don't always recognize it, but a physical office is not the same as a web site.
    marzolian9
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