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Hackers ride SARS crisis

Hackers are riding the SARS issue to make political points, some unrelated to the disease, a security company reported Friday. Chinese Web sites have been vandalized after that country’s initial reluctance to share information about the number of infections during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, reported the Intelligence Unit of the British security company mi2g Friday. But not all the vandalism was directed specifically at the way Beijing has handled the crisis. The FU-UShO hacktivist group from Taiwan, long at political odds with China, has left messages and an image on The China Youth Development Foundation Web site (www.cydf.org.cn) and the Government of China Web site (www.gov.cn) protesting against the government’s handling of the outbreak, and tacking on their continuing complaints about China’s stance in regard to Taiwan. The picture showed an old model of a mask in common use with contonuous positive air-pressure (CPAP) devices, routinely used by people suffering from sleep apnea. The mask is not designed to protect the wearer from a viral or bacteriological infection. Full Story

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