'Anonymous' Warns of More Cyber Attacks in China

Pro-democracy demonstrators wearing Anonymous masks, scuffle with police during a protest against the Chinese government's meddling into the Hong Kong's chief executive election, in Hong Kong, April 1, 2012.
Pro-democracy demonstrators wearing Anonymous masks, scuffle with police during a protest against the Chinese government's meddling into the Hong Kong's chief executive election, in Hong Kong, April 1, 2012.

The computer hacking group Anonymous, blamed for a spate of cyber-attacks in China in the past week, says it will continue to target government websites to protest Internet censorship and human rights abuses.

Anonymous-China claims to have hacked into hundreds of government and commercial Chinese sites so far this month, and last week there were numerous reports of defaced websites in the country.  

Those sites, many of which appeared to be operational Monday, included the home page for the Chengdu business district.  A message on that page read in part:  "Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall."

Reuters news agency quotes an Anonymous hacker as saying Anonymous-China consists of 10 to 12 people -- most of them based outside China.  The hacker said the group has "hundreds" of translators working to hack Chinese sites.

A message recently posted on the defaced website also warned Beijing that its government is not infallible.  That message went on to say: "...We do not forgive.  Never.  What you are doing today to your great people, tomorrow will be inflicted on you.  With no mercy."

China boasts the world's largest online population, with more than one-half billion users.  But the government tightly controls the Internet access, using a vast system of censorship that critics call "the great firewall of China."

The United States says the U.S. government has been hit by many high-profile hacking attacks that appear to come from China.  Those targets include U.S.-based human rights groups that advocate for Tibetan autonomy, as well as for other ethnic minorities and some U.S. companies.

China has consistently denied involvement in those attacks and claims that it too is a frequent target of cyber vandalism.  

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by: vvv pr
April 11, 2012 6:44 AM
Like Al Qaeda, Anonymous is no longer a band. Like Al Qaeda, Anonymous is now just a brand. Like Al Qaeda, Anonymous is the boogeyman. What "Al Qaida Terrorism" did for the corporate cartel controlling America's Military Industrial Complex, "Anonymous Hacktivism" will do for that same corporate cartel's Terrorism Industrial Complex, the vastness and taxpayer cost of which - if ever disclosed - would certainly defy comprehension. Here is the awful, ugly truth:

by: Jonathan Huang
April 10, 2012 6:53 PM
China is at her golden time. Chinese government is not perfect however did extremely good job. Just compare to India so called biggest democratic country, you will see the difference. I support CCP for another 30 years until China will beat US. Anti-China or Anti-CCP they never get majority support from Chinese. China is getting better day by day, those dogs are getting more pathetic.

by: Jonathan Huang
April 10, 2012 6:42 PM
@ Hoang, From your name I can see the connection between you and China. We have the same family name, Huang and Hoang, tiny spelling difference but pronounced almost the same. Dont forget how your forefathers fought against US for their independence. Unless you are those from the south Viet and fled from your country, pathetic.

by: Hoang
April 09, 2012 5:05 PM
To Jonathan Huang,
It's time China gets a taste of its own cyber attacks against other countries. Grow up and don't blame everything on the U.S. Without the U.S., China would claim the moon belongs to them.
Tibet is an occupied countries invaded by a China. Tibet has its own culture and language that China wants to destroy. China is guilty of ethnic cleansing. Freedom for Tibet.

by: Jonathan Huang
April 09, 2012 2:22 PM
Now VOA admits that China is a victim of cyber attacks. And also we know US pays for Tibetan separatists.

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