April 5, 2012
Anonymous Brings Down 485 Chinese Websites
The hacktivist group known as Anonymous has reportedly defaced hundreds of Chinese government websites, alerting visitors and citizens of the Internet filter in the country.
The hackers reportedly targeted government sites, its official agencies, trade groups, as well as other organizations and sites.
The group posted hoards of emails and phone numbers on Pastebin, as well as instructions on how to bypass the "Great Firewall of China," a term given to the filter the country uses to keep certain content away from its citizens.
Anonymous defaced 485 Chinese websites, many of which belonged to the Chinese government.
On one of the government websites, the hacktivist group wrote "Your government controls the Internet in your country and strives to filter what it considers a threat for it. Be Careful."
The hacker group posted 548 phone numbers believed to belong to Chinese officials, and 860 email addresses.
A message on Pastebin explaining why it attacked these websites read: "Hello, we are Anonymous. All these years the Chinese Government has subjected their people to unfair laws and unhealthy processes. People, each of you suffers from tyranny of that regime. Fight for justice, fight for freedom, fight for democracy!"
The announcement of the hacks were made through an Anonymous China Twitter account that was established in March.
The group wrote on one website a message to the Chinese government, which read
"Hi all (again) !
Message to Chinese government :
"All these years, the Chinese Communist government has subjected its People to unfair laws and unhealthy processes. Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall. So expect us because we do not forgive, never. What you are doing today to your Great People, tomorrow will be inflicted to you.
"With no mercy.
Nothing will stop us, nor your anger nor your weapons. You do not scare us, because you cannot afraid an idea."
The hacked websites were accompanied by the Guns N' Roses' song called "Chinese Democracy".
Anonymous had previously hacked Chinese websites last week, but this round seems to have affected more websites than before.
Most of the hacked websites are operational again, but many have been defaced a second time after they were brought back online.