Anonymous mounts hacking attack on China
Hacking group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for defacing almost 500 Chinese websites.
By Shane Richmond, Head of Technology (Editorial)
3:30PM BST 05 Apr 2012
The attacks targeted 485 websites, including some run by the Chinese government as well as trade groups and other official bodies. Hacked sites were replaced with a message urging Chinese people to use online tools to avoid government tracking and censorship.
Hackers post a message on the target websites that said: "Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall."
A list of the websites that were attacked was posted to Pastebin, a website often used by Anonymous to publish details of its attacks. In a separate Pastebin post, Anonymous explained its motives for the attack.
The message began: "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."