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Hacking for Fun and Profit in China’s Underworl

Feb 04, 2010, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Barboza)

"With a few quick keystrokes, a computer hacker who goes by the code name Majia calls up a screen displaying his

"“Here’s a list of the people who’ve been infected with my Trojan horse,” he says, working from a dingy apartment on the outskirts of this city in central China. “They don’t even know what’s happened.”

"As he explains it, an online “trapdoor” he created just over a week ago has already lured 2,000 people from China and overseas — people who clicked on something they should not have, inadvertently spreading a virus that allows him to take control of their computers and steal bank account passwords."

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