Anonymous hackers deface 500 Chinese Government websites
The Anonymous movement has pulled off one of its biggest hacktivist coups yet, successfully defacing hundreds of Chinese Government websites in a spectacular protest against Internet censorship.
Defacement attacks are ten-a-penny but the scale of what the previously unknown Chinese wing of the group and hackers invited via Twitter launched from 30 March onwards is still unusual.
The full list of attacked domains posted on Pastebin has now reached 501 after rising in recent days, some of which were defaced more than once after Chinese officials regained control.
"Your government controls the Internet in your country and strives to filter what it considers a threat for it," read the opening text of the defacement message posted on many of the sites.
"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," continued a message on Pastebin backed up with a Chinese-language translation.
Defacements were accompanied by The Who's 1971 song, Baba O'Reilly, which famously contains the protest refrain 'teenage wasteland'.
The following protest message was also posted to two sites:
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