cDc on Hong Kong Blondes in itdaily

From "Grugnog" <>
Date Thu, 26 Aug 1999 15:19:11 +0100
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Cult claims Hong Kong hackers are real threat

US hackers respond to story

By Neil Taylor

Leading US hacker group the Cult of the Dead Cow has told that elusive Chinese hackers the Hong Kong
Blondes are operating in Asia.

According to the CDC, the Blondes are a group of Chinese
dissidents who aim to destabilise the Chinese Government
through the Internet. Along with an offshoot named the
Yellow Pages, the group threatened to use information
warfare to attack China's information infrastructure. The
group threatened to attack both Chinese state-owned
organisations and Western companies investing in the

When the group was first reported, the CDC claimed to be
training the Blondes in encryption and intrusion

A recent investigation by found no evidence
of the group's existence. Despite approaching the Hong
Kong ISP Association, the Hong Kong Government, Police,
universities, security experts and hackers alike, nobody
contacted by knew anything about the group.

However, CDC foreign minister OXblood Ruffin told that the Hong Kong Blondes are for real, and
that they are operating in Asia. The chief organisers,
nicknamed Blondie Wong and Lemon Li, were last reported
to be based in India.

"The Blondes do exist, although the CDC has truncated our
official relationship with them," said Ruffin. "The
Yellow Pages on the other hand briefly existed but were
shut down by me."

Ruffin said that the reason the group has been so low-key
is that they operate secretly to avoid compromising
members in China "They're hyper secure. They're organised
in cells of three members with no one but Blondie and
Lemon knowing the entire membership."

The CDC has portrayed the Hong Kong Blondes as
"hacktivists"; meaning they break into computer networks
for political ends. "The Yellow Pages got together and
they were gonna do support work to draw attention to
social justice issues in China linked to current trading
practices on the Western side..."

Ruffin said that he later learned that the group planned
to shut down the networks of a number of large US
corporations, at which point he decided to disband the
group and disassociate himself with the Hong Kong

"The American public would not have supported any such
adventure and it would have worked seriously against the
cause," he said.
He added that the CDC no longer maintains any
relationship with the group.

As previously reported in, the first and only
Hong Kong Blondes interview was leaked to the press by
the CDC just one month before the group released its
well-known remote administration tool Back Orifice. BO
can be installed on a Windows PC without the user's
knowledge, giving full control over the machine to
unauthorised third parties.

Since then, Back Orifice has become widespread
internationally, particularly in China.

There is still no evidence beyond the word of OXblood
Ruffin that the Hong Kong Blondes do, in fact, exist, but
as Ruffin's e-mail signature notes: "First we take the
networks, then we take Peking."

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