TechCrunch reports SportsNetwork.com, a privately-held sport website, has been under constant attack for the last 24 hours. The site was back briefly but is down again.
The SportsNetwork powers large sport sites such as CNN/SI. Since early Sunday, the site has been down and defaced with the “Tibet was, is and will always be part of China” message. Michael Arrington from TechCrunch thinks Chinese hackers attacked this site thinking it belonged to CNN/SI network.
The site was back to normal late Sunday evening, but was later hacked. The SportsNetwork site drew about 264,000 visitors in February 2008.
Arrington contacted them early this morning and a representative at SportsNetwork.com confirmed this story. Their team of engineers are trying to get the site back online.
Arrington believes there will be more attacks like this one in the near future. Many Chinese are also adding a “Love China” icon to their instant messages, voicing their protests against the Western media. There was a CNN story which implied the Chinese government may be sponsoring such attacks.
The hackers are even boasting about the attack on Twitter; one of them left a message saying that they attacked the CNN site thinking that SportsNetwork belonged to CNN.
@JackCafferty Tell your boss @cnn， our brave hackers has destroyed the sports channel of your cnn.com. Haha
If China doesn’t act quickly and stem these hackers, there might be more attacks originating from the country China.