Chinese Hacker admits stealing usernames

A hacker, who sold usernames stolen from China's most popular online messaging service has been detained in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province. According to police, the hacker, from Guangxi, has admitted stealing and selling usernames for years. The messaging system, QQ, is so popular that usernames now have to be at least nine characters long.

The hacker stole prestige usernames, usually of five or six characters, and then sold them on the web. A normal QQ username of six characters could fetch more than 1,000 yuan (US$123), he said. Hacker admits stealing usernames

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 15th November 2005 7:07AM