All over the world, people are claiming that they have been affected by the Chinese Ghostnet computer attack. Ghostnet has taken control of thousands of high-profile computers and stolen secret information from them. Now it appears that it has also been responsible for other activity.
In Britain, reports have been arriving at the UK Information Warfare Monitor's website all morning.
Frances Brockham from Sunderland was livid when he realised that Ghostnet had deleted the work he'd promised to get done by Friday, and had also changed his World of Warcraft details to make it look as though he had been playing it all week.
Nigel Blatley from St Albans said he found out that Ghostnet had sent a garbled e-mail to his boss from a pub at 23:45 on Thursday night. In the e-mail, Ghostnet had called Nigel's boss a 'sanctimonious git who couldn't manage his way out of a brewery'.
Sarah Marshall from Kettering complained that Ghostnet had published an embarrassing video of her on stage with a male strip group on YouTube and sent a link to her ex-husband's aging mother. She said that Ghostnet must have also have found a way to send semi-solid matter through the postal system to her previous address.
Simon Hardcastle in Rainham said that Ghostnet had downloaded four hundred and seventy thousand pornographic images onto his computer when he fell asleep in front of his PC, and then left some of them on screen for when his wife woke him up at 7:45 the next morning.
Steve Pasnoe from Grantham has blamed Ghostnet for the huge online gambling bill run up on his computer over the last three years. He says that Ghostnet always played a Voisins du zero bet and used a fibonacci stake system, which he thought was a mistake.
Nicki Bellfern from Hastings complained that Ghostnet had bought a limited edition china ornament from the New World Heirlooms website using her boyfriend's credit card. The ornament, which is described as being nearly three feet high and encrusted with synth-a-jewels depicts the voyage of the Mayflower in a ceramic story-book format. Nicki said that her boyfriend thought it was hideous and that she did too.
So the problems caused by Ghostnet continue to be exposed. Already there are reports of MP's having noticed problems with their expenses spreadsheets, and several financial institutions have said they have found important information missing from their 2008 projection reports.
With new Ghostnet problems being reported at an ever increasing pace, it can only be a matter of time before it affects something of yours.