[funsec] Report: Hacker Uncovers Proof Chinese Gymnast Is Underage

Richard M. Smith rms at computerbytesman.com
Thu Aug 21 14:21:03 CDT 2008


A determined U.S. computer expert has delved into cached pages on the
Internet to unearth Chinese official documents showing a gymnast who took
gold in the uneven bars competition, edging the U.S.'s Nastia Liukin, may
indeed be underage.

Controversy over whether He Kexin is under the minimum age of 16 has
surrounded her participation in the Beijing Olympics. The latest challenge
over the age of the tiny Olympian comes from the discovery through a
cyberspace maze of Chinese official documents listing her date of birth.

She may not look as if she has reached the minimum competing age of 16, but
China said her passport, issued in February, gives her birthday as Jan. 1,
1992. The International Olympic Committee said proof from her passport is
good enough.

The latest unofficial investigation was carried out by computer security
expert for the Intrepidus Group, whose site, Stryde Hax, revealed a detailed
forensic search for He's age.

Click here for the <http://strydehax.blogspot.com/>  Stryde Hax site.

Click here to read more on this story from the Times of London.

First he simply tried Google, only to find that an official listing by the
Chinese sports administration that had given her age could no longer be
accessed. Then he tried the Google cache, only to find that He's name had
been removed.

Finally, he tried the cache of Chinese search engine Baidu. There, he found
that Baidu lists two spreadsheets in He's name, both giving her date of
birth as January 1, 1994 - making her 14 years and 220 days old and too
young to compete at the Beijing games.

The lists were compiled by the General Administration of Sport of China.



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