|Beijing Scene, Volume 5, Issue 10, May 28 - June 3|
Pyongyang to Peking
North Korea originally intended to send Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun
to prepare for a later trip by its leader Kim Jong-il, but a North Korean
diplomatic team that recently visited Beijing proposed sending a large
delegation to include Kim Yong-nam, the sources say.
Kim Yong-nam officially accepts the credentials of foreign ambassadors
to North Korea and serves as his country's representative to the international
community. China is expected to greet him as an official in the position
of a head of state, the paper reports.
Kim and Chinese President Jiang Zemin are expected to discuss the
situation on the Korean Peninsula, joint research on theater missile
defense (TMD) systems by Japan and the United States and the sending
of food and other famine-relief supplies by China to North Korea.
The Shanghai Post and Telecommunications Bureau recently called in
131 information vendors, advising them of the decision and saying firms
had provided information that was pornographic, superstitious or harmful
to state security, the newspaper says.
The bureau "demanded all work units immediately suspend broadcasting
of news for the time being," the report says.
The city government also reaffirmed a ban on "information involving
state secrets, damaging state security and disturbing social order,"
the newspaper says.
The president liked the idea. Senior intelligence officials tell Newsweek
that last week Clinton issued a "finding," a highly classified document
authorizing the spy agency to begin secret efforts "to find other ways
to get at Milosevic," in the words of one official. Two weeks ago Berger
secretly briefed members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees
about the details of the two-part plan. According to sources who have
read the finding, the CIA will train Kosovar rebels in sabotage - age-old
tricks like cutting telephone lines, blowing up buildings, fouling gasoline
reserves and pilfering food supplies - in an effort to undermine public
support for the Serbian leader and damage Yugoslav targets that can't
be reached from the air. That much is unsurprising. But the CIA has
also been instructed to conduct a cyberwar against Milosevic, using
government hackers to tap into foreign banks and, in the words of one
U.S. official, "diddle with Milosevic's bank accounts."
The finding was immediately criticized by some lawmakers who questioned
the wisdom - and legality - of launching a risky covert action that,
if discovered, could prolong the war, alienate other NATO countries
- and possibly blow back on the United States. Under the finding, the
allies were to be kept in the dark about the plan. Other members of
Congress privy to the finding wondered about its timing. Why did Clinton
authorize the operation just as diplomats had begun making progress
on a peace agreement? The White House declined to comment on the finding,
and Newsweek does not have access to the entire document. But some intelligence
officials with knowledge of its contents worry that the finding was
put together too hastily, and that the potential consequences haven't
been fully thought out. "If they pull it off, it will be great," says
one government cyberwar expert. "If they screw it up, they are going
to be in a world of trouble."
"After hearing on May 8 of the brazen attack of NATO guided missiles
on the Chinese Embassy... I decided that afternoon to go to the U.S.
Embassy website so that Americans would know what it was like to be
attacked... I found the web site at www.usembassy-china.org.cn In 10
minutes I figured out the kind of system it was, and my software in
another twenty minutes came up with the passwords of four of the users
of the site. Then I found I couldn't change the main page... Then I
thought of some software a friend of mine had written several days before...
Using this software, I found a loophole in the software. I used that
to find the way to change the U.S. Embassy web page... In this way I
managed to put up the protest notice that everyone saw. Then I cruised
the net to get more information... later, after midnight, I found out
that the page had been restored and that NATO and the U.S. had still
not explained the bombing. I decided to change the web page again. I
added a hit counter [tongji qi]. But because the security of the web
site had been restored, our software didn't operate properly. This caused
us a lot of trouble. The software we had put on the site had been deleted,
so we had to upload it again and change the web page again. But it was
deleted as soon as it was uploaded. We did this quite a few times. Finally,
we got together with B and uploaded a complete package of software and
main page. And then immediately implemented a command. Soon we succeeded
in changing the U.S. Embassy Beijing web page for a second time! In
the hours that followed, the counter recorded visits by several tens
of thousands of visitors! We continued looking for weaknesses of government
websites in the United States. On May 8 at 4 AM we changed the main
page of the U.S. Congress Committee (www.capweb.net). B made the www.capweb.net
page that everyone saw. At 5 PM we changed files on that site. Friends
in many places helped by adding their own protests against the barbarous
acts of NATO there. After resting for a day, we continued the action
the following evening. We succeeded in changing the opening page of
www.nps.gov, writing there "strongly condemn.'"
Drug Smugglers Arrested
The arrests last week in the southern city of Guangzhou near Hong
Kong followed a year of police surveillance, according to the Guangzhou
Police under the command of the railways administration discovered
the smuggling ring, led by a man identified only by a pseudonym "Ah-B,"
the report says.
More than 100 police officers arrested alleged gang members over eight
days at various locations in Guangzhou, the boom town capital of heavily-developed
The gang was apparently a wholesale provider of drugs, dealing in
quantities of 220 pounds at a time worth nearly US$1.2 million which
they would transport by train, the report says.
It did not identify the type or types of drugs seized, although heroin,
hashish and opium are all available in China. Most drugs enter China
through the southwestern province of Yunnan.
Kuroyedov was invited by his counterpart, Commander of the Chinese
Navy Shi Yunsheng. He is to visit naval personnel and institutes in
a number of cities.
The visit comes amid a row between the United States and China over
NATO's bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade three weeks ago.
China, still angry over the attack that killed three Chinese journalists
and injured 20 people, banned US navy vessels from visiting Hong Kong.
Russia, which like China is opposed to the NATO intervention in Yugoslavia, has strongly condemned the embassy attack.