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Kingsoft denies staff hacking allegations

By Jin Jianyu (Global Times)

10:23, December 24, 2011

Kingsoft Corporation, an antivirus software companies, denied on Friday that its employee was the hacker who released 6 million user names and passwords saved on the Chinese Software Developer Net (CSDN), China's largest online community for computer programmers, according to its official website.

The antivirus company said that their staff member, known as "hzqedison" on his microblog on qq.com, obtained the code package from xunlei.com, an information-sharing platform, one and a half hours after news of the leak began to spread at noon on Wednesday, according to their initial investigation.

The statement also said that another Web user, named "chouxiaozi", had already shared the package on another online software loophole reporting platform, on December 4. The company said they reported the case to the police and will do their best to help find the real hacker.

Apparently the staff member did not mean to spread the code package loaded via the public channel, and only shared the link with no more than five colleagues of his before deleting it, the statement said.

"I loaded and shared the code package only to check whether my colleagues' and my own accounts were also leaked," the Kingsoft employee posted on his microblog Thursday.

"I apologize sincerely to CSDN users for spreading their private information, but I did not do it deliberately," the employee said, adding that he deleted the link immediately after it was publicized five minutes later.

However, Wang Sixin, a law professor at the Communication University of China, told the Global Times that it was still illegal for the staff member to spread the private information even if it was unintentional.

"The staff member, as an Internet security insider, should have foreseen the possibly devastating consequences of spreading these users' private information, even if only to a small group initially," Wang said.

Wang said that CSDN should assume the majority of the responsibility for the leak, which was caused by its lax database security awareness.
CSDN posted an apology letter on its website, saying that the security breach was still under investigation.

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