Mandiant didn’t have to use super-sleuthing abilities to ferret out these identities. It used Google and a few tricks commonly used by investigative reporters. Thanks to an Anonymous hack of the hacker site rootkit.com in February 2011, Mandiant discovered that one of Rootkit’s members used the email address UglyGorilla@163.com. That handle matched one used to leave comments on security forums as well as signatures found within malware code. The email address in turn lead to various forums where it had been used to register one Jack Wang.
The moral here: If Chinese cyber spooks can get exposed via their social media connections, what chance have you and I got?
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