Thursday, April 05, 2012

Anonymous China hacks, defaces hundreds of Chinese websites

China is no longer exempt from the wrath of the hacktivist group Anonymous. While the group had already created an Anonymous China Twitter account late last month, one which was endorsed by the YourAnonNews Twitter account, the Chinese branch has only now made its presence truly felt.

This week, Anonymous China has hacked and defaced hundreds of Chinese websites, including government, corporate, and general websites, in just a few days. If you think just because China has the technological know-how to erect the Great Firewall as well as the ability to hack into secure data of other governments it can protect itself from Anonymous, the answer is no.

Some sites have even had account information posted, such as administrator accounts, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. The group even went so far as to post tips on circumventing the Great Firewall of China.

This pastebin post lists the sites that Anonymous China targeted (it's over 500 sites long).

A separate pastebin post gives followers the reasons for Anonymous' attack on Chinese websites. Based on past experience with the group, none of the reasoning should be news.

Anonymous China said (in both English and Chinese):
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!

In the defaces and leaks in this day, we demonstrate our revolt to the Chinese system. It has to stop! We aren't asking you for nothing, just saying to protest, to revolt yourself, to be the free person you always want to be! So, we are writing this message to tell you that you should protest, you should revolt yourself protesting and who has the skills for hacking and programming and design and other "computer things" come to our IRC: channel:

#GlobalRevolution .

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.
It's unclear precisely why the attacks have begun, just now. Recently, China’s state media cracked down on dozens of websites. It penalized two popular social networking services and detained six people. However, none of these crackdowns are truly new.

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