Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Life Of A Chinese Hacker In The People's Liberation Army

China Hacker's Angst Opens A Window Onto Cyber-Espionage -- L.A. Times

Young man's blog provides a rare glimpse of the secretive hacking establishment of the Chinese military, whose efforts have become a growing concern to the U.S.

BEIJING — For a 25-year-old computer whiz enlisted in a People's Liberation Army hacking unit, life was all about low pay, drudgery and social isolation.

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.

With no money and little free time, he found solace on the Internet. He shopped, chatted with friends and courted a girlfriend. He watched movie and television shows. He drew particular inspiration from the Fox series "Prison Break," and borrowed its name for his blog.

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My Comment: On my first visit to China (mid 1980s) I was surprised on how poor many Chinese men (in their 20s) lived. This unhappiness eventually erupted at Tienanmen Square in 1989. 24 years later this unhappiness and resentment of government control still exists .... and fact that I noticed on my trip to China last fall.

These Chinese hackers are not happy warriors ..... and if I was to hazard a guess .... it would not surprise me that most (if not all) of these Chinese hackers are very unhappy with their situation .... and to get back at their Chinese bosses they are probably feeding U.S. intelligence on what is actually happening in China's cyber warfare rooms.

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