Hacker steals Chinese government defense contracts

Hacker steals Chinese government defense contracts

Summary: Hacktivist Hardcore Charlie says he has hacked China National Import & Export Corp (CEIC), a Chinese government defense contractor, and stole over 500MB worth of documents.

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A hacktivist who goes by the name Hardcore Charlie has posted thousands of internal documents he claims to have obtained by hacking Beijing-based China National Import & Export Corp (CEIEC), a major company that holds Chinese government defense contracts. The documents range from internal business memos to U.S. military transport data, including many related to the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, according to the hacker.

Hardcore Charlie made the announcement in two pastes on Pastebin (Part 1 and Part 2). In the first, he offered a preview consisting of 14 documents on Photobucket and introduced his leak with the following message:

Hola comradezz, Today us prezenta recently owneed chino military kontraktor CEIEC, Us be shoked porque their s***** was packed with goodiez cummin froma SEND USA Military brigadezz in Afghanistan, them lulz hablando mucho puneta about sam slit eyed dudz in Vietnam and Philiez doing bizness in Ukraine and Russia selling goodiez to Taliban terrorists. Us dedikate this reliz in honor of those Fallen, remember them!

This was followed by uploads to DepositFiles. The first paste included a 277.78 MB archive titled "CEIECOWNED_PT1.rar." The second paste included a 228.03 MB archive titled PTSC_VIETNAM_PT6.rar as well as a 2.88 MB archive titled "DOD_UKR_SYRIA_TB.rar." A quick look at these archives makes it very difficult to validate the authenticity of the documents, as there are thousands of them.

The following message was in the second paste:

Departamenta of DeFENCE - You mil people are f***** up coz you still did nothing and your cargo informations still being transmitted by chinos to hiepthai at Petrovietnam and forwarded to syrian bastedz to supply russian and ukrain terrorists in transit, You wont even admit that it is your stuff that the slit eyes pwn so f*** you and your censorship.

Here are some of the select tweets Hardcore Charlie sent out announcing his hack:

CHINA military contractor CEIEC owneed like hell ! US military escort charts exposed to Taliban. Retweet this s*** http://pastebin.com/ctLbRKVL @YourAnonNews Brothers! Our debute reliz http://pastebin.com/ctLbRKVL US Military escort in Afghanistan exposed by China CEIEC. Retweet please. @YourAnonNews Including China Electronics IMPEXP Corp @Ned_MzH @Asher_Wolf @AJEnglish China operations in Ukraine Copper deals Taliban US army info CEIEC pwn 2. DOD fresh mil info, Petrovietnam chino com PWND http://pastebin.com/XHYkv1CD Retweet this sheed. We are legion! @loveuavik @AnonymousChina CEIEC pwnd2. Fresh US army docs sent to VN Ukraine and Russia. http://pastebin.com/XHYkv1CD OWN CHINA Retweet thiSS***!

Hardcore Charlie describes himself as a 40-year-old Hispanic man who lives in a country close to the U.S., according to Reuters. He claims he doesn't have strong political leanings, but says he is concerned the Chinese company has access to material about U.S. military operations. He also noted hinted he has plans to hack other Chinese companies.

Update at 12:15 AM: CEIEC has denied the hacker's claims. "The information reported is totally groundless, highly subjective and defamatory. It is believed that rumors stop at wiser," a CEIEC spokesperson said in a statement. "In the past 32 years, CEIEC, strictly abiding by the law of China, complying with international principles and customs and sticking to honest operation, has won the respect and honor from people of all fields, including the media. At the present, illegal attack has become a big threat to the Internet security, and the collusion of hacking and defamation challenges the social morality and law. While it is believed that the media and netizen with strong sense of social responsibility are able to distinguish between right and wrong, so the Internet justice and security could be maintained. CEIEC reserves the right to take legal action against the relevant responsible individuals and institutions."

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Emil Protalinski

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  • Mind Boggling

    These folks can have a field day getting into and out of Chinese sites and our US Military and other government groups can't?

    :|
    rhonin
    • Not really

      Who is to say they have not. It is not like they will publish.
      daikon
      • You are correct

        From what I understand, the US government has a highly skilled workforce of people that do just that.

        As they are not doing it for the name recognition, it would be illogical for them to tip their hands and make such statements, thereby alerting their targets to the breech so that they can stop the intrusion, or move the information off the site.
        :|
        Tim Cook
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  • Hactivist?

    If you break in to someones computers and steal documents you have committed a crime are a criminal not a hactivist.
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