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05 April 2012, 15:21

Anonymous allegedly hacks Chinese web sites

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Hackers claiming affiliation with the Anonymous hacktivist collective say they have hacked or defaced hundreds of Chinese sites. A list of 485 affected sites has been published on Pastebin, the document platform, and includes sites belonging to several Chinese regional authorities and many companies. Other Pastebin postings include email addresses and other information allegedly taken when the sites were accessed. Some of the sites have apparently already been restored, while others are currently unavailable. Official sites belonging to the Chinese government did not appear to have been affected.

The hackers used the account "Anonymous China" on Twitter in late March to announce their campaign. Defaced sites direct readers to a campaign against censorship in China and a message to the Chinese people advising them to be careful and to surf the net with a VPN or using the TOR anonymiser. On some of the hacked sites, a message to the Chinese government read "Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall". Some of the sites have been restored, then re-hacked, such as (Tongcheng Environmental Protection), which also saw what appeared to be admin passwords leaked in Pastebin postings.


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