"Anonymous" says plans more attacks against China sites

SHANGHAI Mon Apr 9, 2012 6:37am EDT

Pro-democracy demonstrators wearing Anonymous masks, scuffle with police during a protest against the Chinese government's meddling into the Hong Kong's chief executive election, in Hong Kong April 1, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Pro-democracy demonstrators wearing Anonymous masks, scuffle with police during a protest against the Chinese government's meddling into the Hong Kong's chief executive election, in Hong Kong April 1, 2012.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The activist hacker group Anonymous plans to launch further attacks on Chinese government websites in a bid to uncover corruption and lobby for human rights, a member of the group said on Monday.

Anonymous, a loosely knit group that has attacked financial and government websites around the world, hacked into Chinese government websites last week, defacing several, media reports said.

The group used the Twitter account "Anonymous China" to publicize the attacks, posting links to data files that contained passwords and other personal information from the hacked websites. (twitter.com/#!/AnonymousChina)

"First we want to alert the Chinese government that we aren't afraid, and we are going to show the truth and fight for justice," Anonymous hacker "f0ws3r" told Reuters.

The hacker, who declined to provide any personal details, was contacted through Anonymous China's Twitter page. F0ws3r said the group planned more serious attacks against Chinese websites.

"Yes, we are planning more attacks, a few at a time," f0ws3r said, adding that the plan was to take down the "Great Firewall of China".

China blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other websites citing a need to maintain social stability.

F0ws3r said the Anonymous China group consisted of 10 to 12 hackers, most of whom were not based in China, and had "hundreds" of translators working with them to hack the Chinese websites.

The hacker declined to give further details on the next round of attacks, except to say it may hit bigger targets.

The United States says it has suffered many high-profile hacking attacks that appear to come from China, often targeting human rights groups as well as U.S. companies. China maintains that it too is a victim of hacking attacks.

The various local Chinese governments whose websites were reportedly hacked last week could not be reached for comment and were operating normally on Monday.

In March, the U.S. authorities revealed that leading Anonymous hacker "Sabu" was arrested in June and was acting as an informant for authorities.

Anonymous and LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous that took credit for a range of hacking attacks on government and private sector websites worldwide, leapt to prominence in late 2010 when they launched what they described as the "first cyber war" in retaliation for attempts to shut down the Wikileaks website.

(Reporting by Melanie Lee; Additional reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Comments (8)
stambo2001 wrote:
Imagine if the Chinese take the Zionist position on hacking, they’d be soon launching attacks at the usa. How long will China allow american based hackers to attack their corporate and financial centers? Seems these hackers are justifying countries firewalling their countries from the wider internet. Funny how these ‘hackers’ are closing doors instead of opening them. Yeah, real funny. Raise your hand if you think Anon is just another three letter organizations psyop.

Apr 09, 2012 9:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Myuki wrote:
See how China likes the tables being turned. The Chinese Government has been hacking the USA Governments sites as well as stealing military secret information for years. They have stolen most of the US Military top new air craft’s blue prints and copied them. They didn’t come up with a stealth fighter on their own. HELLO! It’s about time they get some of their own medicine. Time to shed a lot of light on them and what they have been up to. NAIL ‘EM!

Apr 09, 2012 10:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vecinu wrote:
@stambo2001, AHHH, ignorance at its best!

The Chinese government has been attacking US business and government institutions for YEARS but now that you hear about the reverse happening, you think it’s all one big plot from the US. Haha, carry on good chap!

Apr 09, 2012 11:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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