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China Says It Lacks Skills To Hack US Systems

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the next-you'll-tell-me-they-don't-play-checkers dept.

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ScentCone writes "A spokesman for China's foreign ministry says that — China being the 'developing nation' that it is — he doubts that his country has the sophistication to hack foreign systems. This in response to statements by two congressmen regarding apparent probing by China-based crackers into congressional systems for information about communication between US officials and activists in China."

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South Park defense (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23765853)

How would we, chinese people with leetle leetle penises have the courage to do something like that against big americans with big penises?

Re:South Park defense (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23765943)

Yes, but it was used by Japanese, not Chinese.

Re:South Park defense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766181)

so shmall, so shmall ^^

Re:South Park defense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766301)

That is an asshole thing to say, first of all + SouthPark? Imo, @ least, is a show for small minded idiots, period...

The Chinese ARE a great culture with over 5,000 yrs. of recorded history behind them (when the caucasian race was still in caves that people were already culturally & scientifically advanced, by way of comparison), the only OTHER like it, is India, afaik!

Plus? You have to consider this - does China get into wars? No... they're NOT that stupid!

They're 1 bunch I'd never want to face in a "street fight"/all-out-war... there are JUST TOO MANY OF THEM, & yes, they have nukes too, so what is the point? It's destructive stupidity, everyone loses, in either scenario.

I respect them, you ought to as well... & hope all those "chinese men" with little pencils don't decide to come take your nations' ladies away from you, @ the point of a gun during a war, ok?


P.S.=> Personally, I think it is the "RBN" @ work, & they AREN'T chinese guys, they're Russians (Russian jews is my guess, not true "bialo rus") who hop between China & Russian hosting providers etc. regularly as needed... Because IF ANYONE has a great deal to fear from China? It's Russia... they took a good chunk of lands away from China & they're overpopulated and could use that land. Think this doesn't weigh on Russia's mind??

I.E.-> The RBN's ("Russian Business Network") has SOME of the skill necessary for this (just based on their javascript/iframe/bad Shockwave + Flash & bad Adobe .pdf files they use in malicious site code injection & bad adbanner attacks they've been pulling the past few years now)...

(I think whoever stands to gain from starting up a fight between the Chinese & the U.S. (or, whoever) is the REAL culprits here, & Lord knows, you CANNOT trust our gov't. when it comes to interpreting data (9/11 ring a bell here anyone?))

If you can't take an opponent directly? Stir up crap between HE & his biggest opponent, & watch them BOTH "take a dive", while you end up the victor mopping up the spoils of war/walking out of the saloon with the wench over your shoulder & jug of wine in the other hand, is what I suspect this REALLY is... apk

Re:South Park defense (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766507)

Hey kook, did you know it's almost always faster to type the word "and" rather than use the "&" character? It's true!

Re:South Park defense (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766339)

Bush: I have been assured by the Chinese government that my penis is gigantic in size and dwarfs all other penises. I commend the Chinese in their honesty.

Re:South Park defense (0, Troll)

BL08N0883N (997823) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766377)

Exactly - I don't believe this for a second. China is pissed that we've been getting on their case for the led in children's toys and the view that we're not giving them the respect they feel they deserve with the whole Olympic thing. At the same time, they own a lot of our national dept, and with a president like Bush I would not be surprised if they think of us as dumb Americans who will just believe what we're told by the media....but that's not true, right?

Re:South Park defense (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766607)

You mean dumb Americans who can't spell "lead" or "debt" and can't construct a logical paragraph? Why would they think that?

Re:South Park defense (4, Informative)

datan (659165) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766489)

it's a polite way in China to receive a compliment []

Re:South Park defense (5, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766749)

How would we, chinese people with leetle leetle penises have the courage to do something like that against big americans with big penises?
God, that's the very first line that went through my head when I read the summary. The second line was Americans saying "Aw, shucks, you don't have to be much of a hacker, we don't know anything about system hardening."

Of course, the really ironic thing would be if the Chinese were hacking the American systems to turn them into zombies to spam out ads for penis enlargement pills.

so.. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23765863)

They threaten to hack the universe and boast about hitting powerplants and such.. then a month or two later they get accused of hacking an important computer system and they suddenly don't have the sophistication to do so?

Re:so.. (1, Interesting)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766601)

Yeah, there was a ton of boasting about trying to bring CNN dot com down. Yet, it's still there. Just block all their IPs and be done with them already. Do not want *.cn

Also, to you /.ers making the South Park American Penis jokes, very funny, but those came from an episode where they went to Japan, not China. You frickin' idiots! Get some jokes from the episode where they have the South Park volleyball team in the world championships in China. The announcers from the game were priceless! Use those for reference. Thanks!

China lacks the skills? (5, Insightful)

AmazingRuss (555076) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765871)

Lacks the skills to lie convincingly to anybody it doesn't have the power of life or death over, more like.

Re:China lacks the skills? (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766209)

It's not a lie, it's a strategy to receive compliments. Clearly Chinese men have issues with very low self esteem. I wonder what that could be based on?

Re:China lacks the skills? (4, Informative)

datan (659165) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766401)

it's part of the Chinese culture. The polite way to receive a compliment is to be modest; in fact it's bad manners to receive a compliment without in this case, the Chinese foreign ministry is merely being polite

Re:China lacks the skills? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766577)

"so in this case, the Chinese foreign ministry is fucking lying"

Hard to have much respect for a country that lies as an integral part of its culture, and worse, does so as a way to fish for compliments.

Re:China lacks the skills? (1)

arbiter1 (1204146) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766555)

"China being the 'developing nation' that it is â" he doubts that his country has the sophistication to hack foreign systems." shoot could take a 233mhz win98 comp and it could be used to hack about anything

Bald face liars. (5, Funny)

alextheseal (653421) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765881)

So who did it then, elves?

Re:Bald face liars. (2, Insightful)

BulletMagnet (600525) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765985)

No the Network Gnomes and Fairies did know, the ones that make backups go bad, servers tip over in the middle of the night, when they get really drunk, they make your data magically find ways into the hands of the evil Chinese hackers.....

Apparentely this foreign minister needs to go back to Marketing 101 - he missed the week where "how to lie convincingly" was taught.

Re:Bald face liars. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766081)

Marketeers don't lie, Advertisers do.

Oh, but you understand computers, you must know how the business world works!

Re:Bald face liars. (1)

snl2587 (1177409) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766027)

Gnomes. Looking for underpants.

Re:Bald face liars. (5, Funny)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766251)

If a teenager from Seattle can hack WOPPER with an acoustic modem and 8-bit computers....

Re:Bald face liars. (4, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766465)

China loves using this "developing nation" bullshit whenever it wants to try to elicit sympathy or otherwise justify their actions. Want to pollute as much as you want? "We are a developing nation!" Want to not have to play by WTO rules? Again, "Developing nation"

If China actually WERE a developing nation, that stuff wouldn't be so bad. But China has 0 problem throwing its weight around places like Sudan where it uses its ginormous reserves of foreign currency and military know-how to help the Sudanese slaughter their own citizens in exchange for oil.

China, if you want the benefits of being one of the big boys, you are going to have to pay the costs as well. This whole "we are a developing nation when it suits us" bullshit has got to stop, but unfortunately anyone who is actually in a position to make them play by the rules is either a cheater themselves or just so hypnotized by the theoretical promise of China that they refuse to do anything about it.

American Penis sooooo big (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23765895)

Chinese penis so small, we could never hack an American computer, not since they have such enormous penises.

You gotta admit... (1)

micahfk (913465) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765899)

...that this is probably the most unique non-denial denial that would make our own politicians proud.

Re:You gotta admit... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766145)

Not really. "We can't do it, we lack the ability and the wherewithal" is something that would get a US politician voted out of office to the repeated frat boy chants of "USA! USA! USA!"

Nay, the US flavor of politician would go on about how we could, but wouldn't because we're such nice, peace-loving guys; besides, if we'd done it, it'd be so full of win that there'd be no doubt who pulled it off.

Re:You gotta admit... (1)

micahfk (913465) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766273)

You have to think in terms of the Chinese, not in terms of an American. It would make an American politician proud because he's making a non-denial denial to the international audience by playing to the standard concepts that people have of China being a developing nation. Yes, it would not be a phrase an American one would use, but it is the style and cleverness that would make them proud. Of course, we here at /. can see easily through the bs and think it's stupid nonetheless, but in terms of the 'average' media/folk... it'll pass for gold.

They ough to hire Tariq Aziz! (3, Funny)

Dareth (47614) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766199)

If they can get the US to let him go, Tariq Aziz, [] would make the perfect spokesperson for the Chinese denial of attacks.

Re:They ough to hire Tariq Aziz! (1)

micahfk (913465) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766333)

Tariq was the ultimate spokesperson...that guy would be worth it for any country's administration as a spokesperson.

Yeah, right (4, Insightful)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765901)

China has the money and skills to build the Great Firewall. They are clearly capable.

Re:Yeah, right (1)

FunkyELF (609131) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766077)

Not to mention that they have the people. A billion people means if only 1 in a million people could hack it, then China has a thousand people that can hack it.

Re:Yeah, right (5, Interesting)

hardburn (141468) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766435)

Not to mention that a lot of the key mathematics that broke MD5 was done by Chinese cryptographers, among quite a few other mathematical and scientific breakthroughs over the last few years. Saying they don't have the capability is absurd.

Re:Yeah, right (2, Insightful)

chthon (580889) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766669)

They are certainly capable. I have here a stack of magazines, dating from 1978. One article shows a Chinese computer designed back then. If China is a developing nation, then so where the US and the USSR in the 1950's.

Could have fooled me.. (2, Funny)

bleh-of-the-huns (17740) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765903)

The guy that delivers my chinese food seems to be pretty computer savvy, he farms WoW gold on his time off :)

Okay.. flame away :P

Re:Could have fooled me.. (4, Insightful)

TheLazySci-FiAuthor (1089561) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766315)

I'll warm myself with these flames, thank you.

I think your point (intentional or not) is in fact quite valid. In a country of billions how could there not be at least a few with the innate talent needed to accomplish this?

Given, skill and talent are seperate but related things - talent you have or don't, skill you use or lose - yet with the right amount of inherent ability and the drive to learn, what isn't possible?

Oh come on. (0, Redundant)

Paranatural (661514) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765909)

This kind of reminds me of the South Park episode.

'We cannot achieve so much with such small penis, but you American, wow, penis so big, so big penis!'

Get off it already, they have as much technical expertise as Japan, India, Russia, or the USA. This is a fairly lame attempt at placating the senate.

Re:Oh come on. (1)

snl2587 (1177409) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765995)

Do they have a computer?


Do they have access to the Internet?


There. I've systematically determined that they're sophisticated enough.

Re:Oh come on. (2, Insightful)

cmacb (547347) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766459)

You forgot one:

Are the target systems largely running stock versions of Windows?



For those that consider this Microsoft bashing substitute the following:

Are the target systems running large, complex, "user friendly" operating systems with more permutations of options than you can shake a stick at and lots of known vulnerabilities that can only be fixed by downloading updates from a commercial source who is picky about who is allowed to download those updates?


Re:Oh come on. (1)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766561)

Actually the denial has far more politics associated with it. It is a mocking lie, a childish denial that the Chinese official knows no one will believe and emphasises that he and in turn the government of China doesn't care whether foreign countries believes it or not.

It is simply a public face denial because the government of China knows the current US administration will do nothing about as it might threaten the profits of several administration controlling corporations. So China via greed controls the activity of major US corporations who in turn control the activities of the US administration.

Hence an in your face mocking denial as the government of China has no respect for the US government and this time round did not even bother nabbing a few out of favour party members (there are always some available) to be used as scapegoats for the criminal hacking activities.

He then followed... (5, Funny)

MrBippers (1091791) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765917)

...they generally outsource all their hacking in exchange for WoW gold.

I have hacked the flist post! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23765929)


Not enough people (0, Troll)

Bovius (1243040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765935)

They've only got, like, a billion people, and they're all needed to work the rice patties. They can't spare anyone to learn teh hax0rz.

Re:Not enough people (1)

wattrlz (1162603) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766397)

If they have, like, a bajillion rice-farmers, couldn't they trade rice for H4x0rz?

South Park? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23765937)

Man, this is almost better than the Chewbacca defense. This is the ego-stroking social engineering attack at its finest. Oh, American penis so big...

I for one... (1, Funny)

Chas (5144) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765939)

Welcome our "we're too primitive to hack" hacker overlords.

Oh yes. One more thing.


Now where were we?

step 1, hide source (4, Informative)

Keruo (771880) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765949)

For talented crackers, it would be relatively easy to cover their tracks by using several compromised machines as proxies for their attack.
China has large internet user base and the average Jin would likely secure their home machine as well as average Joe across the ocean.

Well... (2, Funny)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765955) do have the Great Firewall thing going for you...which is nice.

he then proceded to add... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23765963)

American penis so large. How can we compete with such mastadonic penis?
So big, so big...

whats more likely (1, Interesting)

thermian (1267986) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765969)

That China hacked the systems of two congressmen they are unlikely to have any interest in, or that someone else, knowing everyone would leap to blame China, hacked Chinese computers and used them to do the attack?

Seems to me they could use the access to try and steal something they could sell.

If it was an attack, I mean, has there been any evidence released? Or is this just finger pointing in the absence of proof?

Re:whats more likely (4, Informative)

jimbobborg (128330) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766087)

Read the fine article. Quoted from second article:

"The extent of the intrusions on Capitol Hill, which officials said began in August 2006, was unclear, although Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), whose office had four computers affected, said that other members of Congress were targeted, as well as at least one congressional committee. "They got everything," Wolf said at a news briefing, describing the attack on his office systems.

Wolf said that after one of the attacks, a car with license plates belonging to Chinese officials went to the home of a Chinese dissident in the Washington suburbs and took photographs of it."

Unlikely argument, SW skills are easily developed (1)

cblack (4342) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765973)

Software cracking skills are much different from, say, ICBM technology. They can be developed by an individual through reading readily accessible texts and practice. The argument that China as a whole does not have the technical sophistication to crack into U.S. systems due to it being a "developing nation" is disingenuous.

Re:Unlikely argument, SW skills are easily develop (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766699)

And unlike ICBM technology, you can't buy cracking skills from Russians.

Job Opening: "Sophisticated Skill Set" Needed (1)

zenmaster666 (1285342) | more than 6 years ago | (#23765991)

Sure they lack the skill, and in related news "Pigs Can Fly".

You dont need to have special "skills" to become a script kiddie, which is enough to get into vulnerable systems.

Beowulf Cluster (1)

i_ate_god (899684) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766005)

... using the entire population of China.


Re:Beowulf Cluster (2, Insightful)

fprintf (82740) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766069)

Just like in Bug's Life. If we let the ants know how powerful they are, they will crush us!

too bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766017)

being so inept and young as a country... one of the oldest on earth... They are too stupid to build nuclear subs too - boo whooo.

I feel sorry for them! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766019)

Next they'll tell us they don't have the know-how to put up satellites or to launch men into orbit...

Re:I feel sorry for them! (1)

n0084ever (1042786) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766761)

... or the tech to shoot down satellites

uh huh. (1)

sloth jr (88200) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766043)

A country that manufactures most of the world's - well, everything - doesn't have the sophistication to hack a couple of lousy Windows boxen? Ummmmmmmmm....

Chris Smith 's human rights computer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766049)

It comes to me as strange to me that such a security blunder is made public.

He called it his human rights computer to give it that extra amateuristic touch.

Considering the age of China.... (1)

Schnoogs (1087081) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766053)'d think their politicians would have a bit more experience at lying.

Re:Considering the age of China.... (3, Insightful)

Paranatural (661514) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766155)

Why would they need to have any skill at it at all? They have no independent news sources. It's all state propaganda machines. After 50 years of that nonsense the average Chinese citizen has no real ability to question authority, thus the ability of people in authority to convincingly lie is lower.

If they're not sophisticated enough (5, Insightful)

anglico (1232406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766091)

then how did one of their submarines pop up in the middle of one of our Navy carrier groups undetected?

Re:If they're not sophisticated enough (2, Insightful)

tzhuge (1031302) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766441)

Didn't South Africa pull off the exact same feat against some NATO naval forces during an exercise?

If anything, it's probably an indication of just how much Western military forces oversell the effectiveness of high-tech toys.

Re:If they're not sophisticated enough (5, Funny)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766455)


Ah, naivety at its finest (2, Insightful)

biolysis (1303409) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766633)

"then how did one of their submarines pop up in the middle of one of our Navy carrier groups undetected?"

It didn't, that's what the Navy said to convince people like you to give them more money.

And you fell for it.

Re:Ah, naivety at its finest (4, Interesting)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766739)

that's what the Navy said to convince people like you to give them more money

No, that's what the Navy said to make the Chinese feel overly confident and to underestimate our ability to track them. Classic move... make your opponent complacent enough that you can then later make them completely doubt their ability to do anything when you rip the rug out from under them, as the situation warrants. Nothing makes people doubt their abilities more than the sudden discovery that they've been completely wrong about their own success. We should know (as should the former Soviets and everyone else), since it's happened to us, too.

If they build it, they will come. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766093)

Train at Universities around the World.

Manufacture a good chunk of our communications and electronic goods.

Build nuclear submarines...

They can hack as well as anyone.

Crackers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766101)

Did anyone else read "Chinese crackers" as white people working for the Chinese?

wheres the NSA (1)

reparks (855128) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766125)

It's the NSA's job to protect us from this kind of crap right? "The NSA is responsible for protecting U.S. government communications and information systems from similar agencies elsewhere." Throw them some more billions of CASH!!!

Cheap Words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766131)

China can SAY whatever it wants. The fact of the matter is that computer hardware is not outside their fiscal reach, and information wants to be free.

I read this title as (0, Flamebait)

Overkill Nbuta (1035654) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766133)

Headline on slashdot reads : China Says It Lacks Skills To Hack US Systems

I read it as : China doesnt have da 1337 skills.

Unless they are talking about driving skills, then its total bull. 1 Billion people, im pretty sure there has to be atleast 1-2 tech savvie people working for the goverment.

Hacked By Chinese (1)

Piata (927858) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766171)

is apparently a grossly inaccurate stereotype.

Maybe There Was No "Hacking" (1)

longacre (1090157) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766185)

Maybe there are bootleg Cisco routers [] in the Capitol office building.

The Jar Jar Defense? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766195)

Weesa nots smart enough for yousa craaazy Americans with your knock-off Cisco boxes...weesa kinda sold you.

Not just educated there... (4, Interesting)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766241)

Remember, they readily come here to get educated at our grad schools as well. Not only could they have learned there, they could have learned HERE as well.

I'm just a frozen Chinese computer guy... (1)

DrHackenbush (1273982) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766243)

... your western computer systems frighten and confuse me.

Re:I'm just a frozen Chinese computer guy... (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766635)

Funny, that's exactly the bit that I was thinking of. The whole thing is really rather insulting - that someone would trot out a playing-dumb platitude so obviously lame that only a lawyer with a handpicked jury of idiots would try on this side of the Pacific. I always thought that Frozen Caveman Lawyer was one of SNL's best sketches - Phil Hartman died way too young. What a shame.

Obligatory South Park (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766245)

(in which the President of Japan uses flattery and self-deprecation to skirt responsibility for brain washing American children with Chinpokomon)

Red: Uh, I wanna know what the hell you people are doing with these dolls, talkin' about bringin' down American government and all? [the monitor is pulled up in a hurry, and an elevator rises from the floor. The doors open and two men walk towards him.] ...
President Hirohito: You are American?
Red: Yes.
President Hirohito: [begins to gesture] Ogh! You must have very big pee-anis!
Red: Excuse me? I was just asking you what you're up to with these toys!
President Hirohito: Nothing. We are very simple people. With very small penis. Mr. Ose penis is â¦especially small.
Mr. Ose: [fakes a sob] Uh, smuh, so small.
President Hirohito: We cannot achieve much with so small penis. But you! Americans. Wow! Penis so big! SOOO big penis!
Red: [flattered] Well uh, he-I guess it is a pretty good size.
Mr. Ose: Minata, kite kite! ["Everone, come come!" A group of Japanese women move in, chattering] This-a man has veh-ry big penis! [the women applaud, Red grins big]
Woman 1: Take takeru o da ne? ["It's rather large, isn't it?"]
Woman 2: Hai. ["Yes."]
Mr. Ose: Uh, hoh, what an-whoa immense penis-uh!
Red: Well, it certainly was nice meeting you folk, I just wanted to bring that little malfunction to your attention. Bye-bye now.
President Hirohito: Good-bye. Thank you for stopping by, with your gargantuan penis. [Red walks out humming happily. After a moment Hirohoto looks angrily at Mr. Ose] Dame, dame da. ["Bad, this is bad." The women move away quickly. He slaps Mr. Ose] Naze kono chippu wa soto ni detandaba? ["How could you let this chip go out?!"]
Mr. Ose: Wa, wakarimasen, sachoo san. Mondai desu nee. ["I, I don't know, boss. That's the problem."]
President Hirohito: Sekinin shoo yobe! ["You're no longer in charge!"]
Mr. Ose: Hai. Hai, sachoo san. ["Yes. Yes, boss." He bows out]
        [The Cartman house, night. Kitty roars outside. Cartman is asleep, but tossingâ¦]
Cartman: I've got to buy Chinpokomon. I've got to⦠buy them. Must buy Chinpokomon.

You have to admit (1)

j_166 (1178463) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766253)

You have to admit, that was one hell of a zing.

If by "developing nation"... (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766271)

If by "developing nation" they mean the nation developing (or at least producing) all of the hardware, with the access to put whatever back doors they want into firmware in nigh untraceable ways, then perhaps he at least has that part right.

I'm not buying it, and not just 'cause of Lou Dobbs.

O RLY? (1)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766285)

If they do not have the skill to crack into those laptops, then we should stop sending all this hi-tech software development work over to them

Dirty Laundry (1)

dontPanik (1296779) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766287)

I can't wait to see the rest of China's dirty laundry that will be exposed as the Olymics start

Right... (3, Funny)

JakeD409 (740143) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766313)

I'm far too simple-minded to post a satirical comment on Slashdot.

bull (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766365)

Lets look at the situation now. They are buying commodities like they are going out of style. They are buying oil in massive amounts (two bidders on Saudi oil means oil goes from 55 per barrel to 140 per barrel). They are building opteron processors for AMD at plants onshore, and they designed their own dragon chip, roughly equivaent to a '486 but now enanced and manufactured in millions of pieces. Further, they have rockets that can now go to space (although the Americans are yelping that some of the technology may have leaked from them, they were well on track to come up with it on their own). There are 1.1 billion of them, but nowhere is there any who can hack a web site..... (ok, yeah thats what they said, but its just soo much BS)...

Obligatory (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766369)

Nothing to see here, western capitalist lackeys. Move along.

Chinese humor at its best (1)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766395)

Its not like they have to train a whole division of PLA troops to execute a hacker attack. There are enough people in China who work for development shops for Western companies to more than provide the expertise necessary. Not to mention that its not like we have never let a Chinese national into a Computer Science program in a major university.

I think that this announcement was some sort of ironic joke, sort of like an Arab oil sheik calling himself a camel jockey during a conversation using his satellite phone located on his 200ft yacht. Who ever said the Chinese have no sense of humor?

Doubtful claim, but is China really the source? (1)

chaostaco (1233722) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766423)

What is more likely:
1. China is conducting military hacking activities against allies in such a way that will attract negative attention.
2. China has a lot of easy-to-hack computers that more sophisticated non-Chinese hackers are using as relays for their own hacking.

Perhaps it is both, but I would bet that there is a whole lot of #2 going on.

Not only are they capable... (1)

JimboFBX (1097277) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766461)

But Zero Hour has taught me that they stick a bunch of these hackers in an internet center, stealing 5 dollars at a time from our bank accounts. As they get more skillful at hacking, they are able to steal... 6 dollars at time! Then 7!

Sounds pretty sophisticated to me. Sophisticated enough to satellite hack our command center- I mean government.

OUCH (1)

willy everlearn (82796) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766523)

I hurt myself laughing so hard!!!

DAMN YOU! (4, Funny)

db32 (862117) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766525)

I almost died! I almost choked on my lunch reading this summary. I sit down...take a bite, open slashdot, and nearly choke! Damn you editors!

I propose that stories with claims THAT ridiculous this should have title and summary hidden with a warning so that readers eating or drinking can be prepared! I mean really...think how many geeks you might endager with a headline of "Openly Gay Republican Elected to Office"

Dear Comrades In China: Don't Despair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766535)

Please hack this war criminal [] .

Thank you for helping to spread democracy and freedom around the world.

Communistically Yours,
Kilgore Trout

In a separate story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23766589)

Reports show outsourcing to Chinese programmers is on the outs, since they just don't have the POWER!

A bit late for modesty, isn't it? (1)

wattrlz (1162603) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766663)

I don't know who perpetrated the hacks in question, but saying that the most populous country in the world, a country that was chosen to host the 39th Olympic games, a country that maintains the largest known firewall and surveillance systems on the planet, Can't scrounge up a few people capable of it isn't just laughable. It's vaguely insulting.

Port 22 (1)

rlp (11898) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766665)

I guess I was imagining all those attacks on port 22 (ssh) from China in my server logs.

It's their own fault (1)

Farenji (1306493) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766693)

They shouldn't have blocked all those freedom loving hacking sites with their Great Chinese Firewall.

Toy Recall (1)

Ilan Volow (539597) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766735)

China might have smarter intruders if they'd just stop making so much stuff with lead paint.

lolz (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 6 years ago | (#23766773)

best hacking is done through social networking. What are they gunna do? Pretend to be the chinese delivery people asking for an admin password or something?

Besides, everyone knows the best hackers are in Jails. US Jails.
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