Print 12 comment(s) - last by NobleKain.. on Apr 6 at 1:51 PM

Anonymous China declares war on Chinese government for Internet censorship

The Chinese government was recently targeted by newly formed Anonymous China, where nearly 500 websites were hit.

Anonymous China, which is hacker group Anonymous' Chinese branch, defaced and stole information from 485 websites that are linked to Chinese companies or the Chinese government.

Anonymous posted the status of their attacks on their new Twitter, @AnonymousChina. While some webpages were just defaced, others had information like email addresses, phone numbers and administrator accounts stolen.

"Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall," said Anonymous China in post that described their goals for their "Global Revolution" campaign. "What you are doing today to your Great People, tomorrow will be inflicted to you. With no mercy."

The Chinese government places restrictions on its users, blocking certain websites like Facebook and Twitter. Political topics deemed sensitive are often blocked as well. Anonymous China is working to rebel against the government's censorship on social networking websites, news sites and file-sharing sites.

"All these years the Chinese government has subjected their people to unfair laws and unhealthy processes," said Anonymous China in the post. "People, each of you suffers from tyranny of that regime.

"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:"

The attacks against the Chinese government began March 30, 2012.

China has participated in several hacks of its own against the U.S., such as the recent RSA intrusion, which resulted in stolen information on the proprietary security algorithm. Chinese involvement was also suspected in many other hacks, such as those on Gmail accounts last year as well as two U.S. satellites in 2007 and 2008.

Sources: The Washington Post, MSNBC

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

dangerous games
By chromal on 4/5/2012 6:03:38 PM , Rating: 3
While I was kind of amused to see Anon et al get upset that the FBI would enforce the law on their members, it won't be a laughing matter when China catches any domestic participants, executes them for treason, and hacks out their internal organs.

RE: dangerous games
By rabbitslayer21 on 4/5/2012 6:15:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah... I harbor no love for the Party's underhanded infosec attacks. It takes guts (pun intended?) to do what AnonChina is doing. Compared to what little freedom Chinese citizens enjoy, the privacy hullabaloo in the States seems like an afterthought.

RE: dangerous games
By Etsp on 4/5/2012 7:09:42 PM , Rating: 4
I really think that the goons at lulzsec shouldn't be compared to the members of Anonymous in China that are pulling these attacks. Lulzsec was mostly doing what they did "because they can" and because they didn't like the companies they were attacking.

The members of Anonymous in China aren't doing this for fun, but actually fighting for their freedom, and freedom for the people of China. Hopefully, they plan to do some things a bit more effective than defacing government websites. That works to raise public awareness, but can't really accomplish much on its own.

If they plan to also create a wikileaks type site where government abuses can be reported and exposed, that would allow a lot of internal and external pressure to be placed upon the Chinese government. Awareness is important, but specific facts about individual abuses are key.

RE: dangerous games
By Schadenfroh on 4/5/12, Rating: -1
RE: dangerous games
By kleinma on 4/5/2012 8:23:17 PM , Rating: 4
That is assuming AnonChina is located in China. For all we know AnonChina is the group of anons that were already arreseted by the FBI, doing some side work for the CIA.

RE: dangerous games
By macca007 on 4/5/2012 8:24:53 PM , Rating: 3
Beat me to it, I was going to say the next batch of organ transplant donations has been finalised and ready for highest bidder in the west.
Jokes aside, These people have guts for standing up to their government knowing what the consequences WILL be, Real deal not some game, Stakes can't get any higher.

RE: dangerous games
By hankw on 4/6/2012 6:06:07 AM , Rating: 2
As cool as hacking "the man" might be, aren't these acts really just cyber terrorism? Do we want to be glorifying these attacks? It'll just give "the man" more reason to lock us down even more.

RE: dangerous games
By NobleKain on 4/6/2012 1:51:18 PM , Rating: 3
I'll admit, your argument is persuasive. And I suppose if we were legally defining the actions, and then comparing them to true cyber-terrorism, they may be one and the same.

I'm not sure there's a "technical" argument to contradict you, but on the other hand, I think the "spirit" of the action is far different than terrorism. Actually, maybe that's the definitive difference... Terrorism is intended to cause "terror" as a weapon. In this case, while their 'threat' may be perceived in that manner; their actions are actually more along the lines of a cyber 'coup'.

The desired result is not to terrorize, but to bring down an oppressor. That's the "spirit" difference, and while it may not be a strong argument, I still believe that most people understand the difference in the nature of the objective. When the native indians fought the u.s.americans, were they terrorists, or fighting against oppression? When the U.S.Americans fought against the English, were they terrorists, or fighting against oppression?

I suppose the view is subjective, based on where you stand... and perhaps the "truth" is based on the majority opinion.

At any rate, I will praise them, in spite of your well worded arguments, because I believe that what they fight for is important. It isn't about imposing their will on everyone else, but rather about removing oppression on their own. I for one, understand the spirit of the intent behind their actions, and judge them righteous in their goals.

RE: dangerous games
By ShaolinSoccer on 4/6/2012 10:30:41 AM , Rating: 2
it won't be a laughing matter when China catches any domestic participants, executes them for treason, and hacks out their internal organs.

Not to mention that these hackers are trying to hide their tracks by using other people's PC's. The Chinese government may end up executing the wrong people...

RE: dangerous games
By DigitalFreak on 4/6/2012 12:27:36 PM , Rating: 2
when China catches any domestic participants, executes them for treason, and hacks out their internal organs

Though not necessarily in that order...

A Capital Offense
By faster on 4/6/2012 10:54:24 AM , Rating: 2
There are over 90 Capitol offenses in China. In contrast, in the US, there are 2 - treason and murder.

There is little doubt these people will be prosecuted and killed for treason against the Chinese government.

These people are very brave and are risking their lives to raise awareness about the lack of freedom experienced by the Chinese people.

They are their own Mao Tse Dung! They are leading the glorious revolution to freedom. If they are caught, they will be killed. They have less of a chance of success than Mao did of completing the Great March. How brave! So much cooler than Anon everywhere else.

Trick or Treat
By poi2 on 4/5/2012 7:51:58 PM , Rating: 1
aren't they gonna follow US steps to adjust these matter ?? democratic - freedom style ???

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki