Date
18 October 2017
Anonymous, a hackers group, has declared war on the Hong Kong government. It claims to have hacked several government websites. Photo: YouTube
Anonymous, a hackers group, has declared war on the Hong Kong government. It claims to have hacked several government websites. Photo: YouTube

Why curiosity killed the cat: Hacking suspect learns hard lesson

If it looks suspicious, it probably is.

But a Hong Kong man, surnamed Leung, went ahead anyway and clicked on a dubious website.

Bam.

He was in and he was out — frozen out, to be exact, by his own computer.

Now he is in a spot of trouble with the police, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

The man was arrested on suspicion of hacking a government website after he clicked on an unknown page “out of curiosity”.

Leung said the page threw up a jumble of words that filled the screen and his computer shut down after a few seconds.

The police seized two desktop computers and a tablet from Leung, whose name had turned up on a police list of suspected hackers.

He denied the accusation.

A computer security expert said Leung might have been lured to an unknown website which then used his computer to attack other websites.

These attacks can be up to 100,000 times per second and the perpetrators become untraceable by hiding behind the victim’s digital imprint.

Hong Kong police have received tips about people offering computer programs to attack government websites, the report said.

Five other people were arrested on Monday morning in different raids and charged with criminal hacking.

Among them are a freshman from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a car mechanic.

They were found to have used their computers to attack the websites of the Hong Kong police and the government’s online directory.

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