Monday, March 24, 2008

Overview of cyber attacks against Tibetan Communities

Published: 2008-03-24,
Last Updated: 2008-03-24 20:40:40 UTC
by Maarten Van Horenbeeck (Version: 1)

On Friday we reported on targeted attacks against various pro-Tibet non-gouvernmental organizations (NGO) and communities, as well as Falun Gong and the Uyghurs. In this somewhat long diary entry, I’ll break down those attacks and identify the things we’ve seen in working on these since early 2007.

This hopefully helps you identify the risk similar attacks would pose to your organization. The diary does not deal with one incident, but looks at overall findings.

1. The message

The sole goal of the message is to transport the exploit, and to convince the reader to click on it, so the malicious code can execute.

Several social engineering tricks have been seen:

  • Messages make a strong statement on a well known individual or group, but do not mention its name. The attachment is then named after that individual. A state of 'cognitive dissonance' arises between the reader's pre-existent beliefs and the statement. This urges the reader to click the message;
  • The writing style of the purported sender is well researched and mimicked;
  • The content of the document matches the topic of the e-mail message;
  • Legitimate, trusted, users are sometimes convinced to actually forward along a message back to specific targets;
  • In a number of cases, “memes” distributed within the community have been reused. For instance, in a “viral” Word document was grabbed from a forum, edited to include the exploit and Trojan code, and forwarded onto other members of the community.
  • Thank you. Please read complete Article here

A young Tibetan examines Chinese riot policemen standing guard in Kangding county, China (Teh Een Koon/AFP/Getty)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Some Useful Burmese Phrase and Font

Some Useful Burmese Phrase and Font

Kyay Zoo Tin Bar Dae Ban Bay Dah

Some Useful Burmese Phrase and Font
Some useful phrase and Font can be used in Burmese Blog C-box or Chat Box.
Burmese Font: You can copy and Paste in Chat-Box

English: Hello/Good Day/ Good Morning/ Good Evening
Burmese : Min Gala PahBurmese
Font: မဂၤလါပါ

English: How are you?
Burmese: Nay Kaung Lah
Burmese Font: ေန ေကာင္း လါး

English: Very Good
Burmese: Thake Kaung Par Dae
Burmese Font: သိတ္ ေကာင္း တယ္

English: Bad
Burmese: Ma Kaung Boo
Burmese Font: မ ေကာင္း ဘူး

English: This is Good News
Burmese: Dah Tha Din kaung Bear
Burmese Font: ဒါ သတင္း ေကာင္း ဘဲ

English: I got to go now
Burmese: Thwar Like Par Ong Mae
Burmese Font: သြား လိုက္ ပါ အ ုံး မယ္

English: Thank You
Burmese: Kyay Zoo Tin Bar Dae

Burmese Font: ေက်း ဇူး တင္ ပါ တယ္

English: Please .... help
Burmese: Kyay Zoo Pyu Pea .... Koo NyiBar

Burmese Font: ေက်း ဇူး ျပဳ ျပီး ..... ကူ ညီ ပါ

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Google China Internet Filters

Understanding how filters

The anti-censorship community has been hard at work today trying to figure out just how Google’s new Chinese search engine prevents access to controversial content. Nart Villeneuve, pretty much the smartest guy out there working on Internet censorship, offered a post yesterday with some early insights into how sites are being blocked.
One of the observations Nart made: is working from a blacklist of URLs, possibly provided by Chinese authorities, possibly generated from following traffic to search results and adding domains that are consistently blocked by the firewall. This blacklist includes activist sites, news sites, homepage hosting and forum sites.
Please read more here.


~Search for images of "Tiananmen," as in Tiananmen Square, scene of the 1989 student democracy protest, on the China site, Most of the time the results turn up pictures of the Beijing plaza: a flock of birds soaring above the grounds, the square all lit up at night, tourists posing for the camera. Run the same search again on, the uncensored version used here in the United States, and the images are strikingly different. The highest-ranking results are photographs of tanks rolling into the square to put a stop to the demonstration more than 16 years ago. "Google uncensored shows a bunch of tanks streaming in there," said Danny Sullivan, founder and editor of Search Engine Watch. "Google China has smiling, happy people."
Please read more here.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Race For Tibet

Race for Tibet~The International Campaign for Tibet invites Tibet supporters to join our Olympics campaign, Race for Tibet, by participating in two events coinciding with the arrival on U.S. soil of China's official 2008 Olympics Torch.
At the University of California in Berkeley on April 7 and at U.N. Plaza in San Francisco on April 8, ICT will engage the public in an examination of China's human rights record in Tibet in this Olympics year.
Read more here.

Exile Group Says 30 Killed in Tibet
~China ordered tourists out of Tibet's capital Saturday while troops on foot and in armored vehicles patrolled the streets and enforced a strict curfew, a day after riots that a Tibetan exile group said left at least 30 protesters dead.
Read more here.

Friday, March 14, 2008

China rolls out tanks to suppress Tibet Protests

Hundreds and thousands of Tibetans and several foreign supporters held candle light vigil in Dharamsala on Friday, March 14, 2008, to express their solidarity as fellow Tibetans steered strings of protest demonstrations across Tibet against China’s occupation of Tibet.[Saturday, March 15, 2008 00:14]
Chinese armed police have killed around 100 Tibetans and injured many others for taking part in peaceful demonstrations, according to unconfirmed sources. These protests have spread from Lhasa to all over Tibet both in intensity and scale.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama has issued the following statement today.
"I am deeply concerned over the situation that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests in many parts of Tibet, including Lhasa, in recent days. These protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetan people under the present governance.
As I have always said, unity and stability under brute force is at best a temporary solution. It is unrealistic to expect unity and stability under such a rule and would therefore not be conducive to finding a peaceful and lasting solution.
I therefore appeal to the Chinese leadership to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people. I also urge my fellow Tibetans not to resort to violence."


Read more here