2004-12-07 00:22:15 ET|
An email I've written to a friend:
I've just received another one of those scam emails that claim to be from a bank. This time it claims to be from Washington Mutual. I did a little research. It seems that it's some Chinese nationalist hackers who have nothing better to do. The text on their website says the following:
LET HISTORY TELL FUTURE !
1937.12.13 300,000 !
1945.8.6 Little boy
Let history tell future !
It looks like they're pretty pissed off about Japan. I've looked up all the dates. This is what they reference to:
September 18, 1931 - (from Wikipedia.Com) The Mukden Incident (September 18, 1931), also called Manchurian Incident, occurred in northern Manchuria when the Japanese blew up a section of their own railroad near Mukden (today's Shenyang). Japan's military accused Chinese dissidents, thus providing an excuse for the Japanese annexation of Manchuria.
July 7, 1937 - Start of the second Sino-Japanese War with the Battle of Lugou Bridge (a.k.a. Marco Polo Bridge incident). Most historians place this to be the start of the second Sino-Japanese War. However, Chinese historians place the starting point earlier at September 18, 1931 (i.e. the above date).
December 13, 1937 - The end of the Battle of Nanjing which resulted in Nanjing falling into Japanese hands. What follows is the Nanjing Massacre (a.k.a. the Rape of Nanking). Various Western and Eastern sources put the death toll at around 300,000. Hence the 300,000 figure on their page.
The next trio:
December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor.
August 6, 1945 - Atomic bomb codenamed "Little Boy" dropped on Hiroshima.
August 9, 1945 - Atomic bomb codenamed "Fat Man" dropped on Nagasaki.
Final date is:
August 15, 1945 - Japanese surrender (the actual date is August 14th but due to time zone differences it was probably announced in China on August 15th).
I don't know what their problem is but yeah, it definately looks like that they dislike Japan.
They used another IP address previously (an IP address is a 12 digit address that each device with a direct connection to the internet has (example: 127.0.0.1)) and I've managed to track it to a Hong Kong ISP.
I've spoken with a sociologist from the Netherlands a few months back. He was doing a comparison study between the hacker community in America and the hacker community in China. He told me that the Chinese community is very low key and a good lot of the Chinese hackers are ultra-nationalist types. Thus, what I've found today comes as no surprise.