Anonymous flexes muscles in China - many websites hacked

Posted Apr 5, 2012 by Anne Sewell
Up to 500 Chinese websites including some belonging to the government have been hacked by Anonymous. They state that the final goal of the attacks is to start a revolt against the government.
Image on a Chinese government website hacked by Anonymous.
Image on a Chinese government website hacked by Anonymous.
Screen capture from hacked website
It seems there is a local branch of Anonymous in China. They have now hacked up to 500 websites with many belonging to the Chinese government, as well as company and general-purpose web pages.
It is believed that this hacking has resulted in the release of 860 email addresses and 548 telephone numbers which apparently belong to Chinese officials.
RT has reported that in China there are tight controls over the national segment of the Internet, with the government suppressing online material which is feels might harmful to public order. These materials include any references to separatist movements in Tibet and any information related to revolt or protests of any nature.
The screen capture below is of one of the hacked websites:
Screen capture of hacked website
Screen capture of hacked website
Screen capture of hacked website
The hacked page gives the following warning to the Chinese government and some pretty catchy music plays while you read the warnings:
Message to Chinese government :
All these years, the Chinese Communist government has subjected its People to unfair laws and unhealthy processes.
Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall.
So expect us because we do not forgive, never. What you are doing today to your Great People, tomorrow will be inflicted to you.
With no mercy.
Nothing will stop us, nor your anger nor your weapons.
You do not scare us, because you cannot afraid an idea.
Message to Chinese People :
Each of you suffers from the tyranny of that regime which knows nothing about you. We are with you.
With you here and now. But also tomorrow and the coming days so promising for your freedom. We will never give up.
Don't loose hope, the revolution begins in the heart.
The silence of all other countries highlights the lack of democracy and justice in China. It's unbearable.
We must all fight for your freedom."
The hactivists behind the attacks have said that they accuse the Chinese government of suppressing freedoms and they feel the government should be overthrown by popular revolt.
One anonymous comment on the Pastebin website read:
“In the defacings and leaks on this day, we demonstrate our revolt against the Chinese system. It has to stop! We aren’t asking you for nothing, just saying ‘protest, revolt, be the free person you always wanted to be!’”
This all began with the creation of an Anonymous China Twitter account, which was endorsed by YourAnonNews. The cyber offensive group already has almost 2,000 followers on Twitter.