The wallet app, owned by Alibaba’s financial spinoff Ant Financial, publicly launched a new social media service called “Circles” on Nov. The “Circles” are social or interest groups that work like Instagram, with users sharing their photos or videos publicly with group members, with a big difference: In some of the most popular groups, only women can write posts and put up personal media.
All of Alipay’s 400 million users can join “Circles” groups, which include one for college students, another for white collar workers, and a third for Chinese citizens living overseas.
Zero FOX last week reported the findings to both the Twitter and Google security teams, who promptly removed the offending accounts and links, comprehensively remediating the 'SIREN' botnet.
All of the nearly 90,000 accounts had a suggestive photo of a woman as a profile picture and a female name as the display name.
“In return, they get a whole night with me, my undivided attention, and a chance to show themselves off in the company of a truly beautiful girl. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.” She said to register interest, people would have to message her on Youjia, as she didn’t use other messaging services.
Applicants must be “good looking, under 30, taller than 1.75 metres and, of course, rich.” The story was picked up by publications such as The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Huffington Post and the New York Post.
This data can be gleaned because the botnet uses trackable, Google shortened URLs," Zero FOX added.
An advert was posted on Weibo – China’s version of Twitter – saying that 19-year-old Ju Peng was travelling across China and was open to meeting “temporary boyfriends”.
The “ad” said: “They will fund my transport to their city and all my expenses while I am there and they need to be generous.
He even met the city's mayor while posing as an executive. Displaying an attractive public face is an essential business practice in China, which conforms to the society's larger cultural practices.
"Face is hugely important in China," writes Moxley, "and having foreigners in suits I guess gives some credibility to the companies.