Anonymous' Chinese wing is embroiled in a hacktivism campaign against the Chinese government, and so far has defaced or swiped information from nearly 500 websites.
Announced on the newly created @AnonymousChina Twitter feed, the attacks began March 30 and have hit 485 sites, many belonging to the Chinese government or Chinese companies, ZDNet reported. On some sites, Anonymous members defaced the homepages; other less fortunate targets had administrator accounts, phone numbers and email addresses swiped.
ZDNet said hundreds of sites were defaced with a message threatening the Chinese government by saying, "Today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall…Nothing will stop us, nor your anger nor your weapons. You do not scare us, because you cannot afraid an idea."
Anonymous China introduced itself, and laid out its goals for the " Global Revolution" campaign in a Pastebin post, written in Chinese and English.
"All these years the Chinese government has subjected their people to unfair laws and unhealthy processes. People, each of you suffers from tyranny of that regime," the group wrote.
"In the defaces and leaks in this day, we demonstrate our revolt to the Chinese system," the hackers continued. "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! So, we are writing this message to tell you that you should protest, you should revolt yourself protesting and who has the skills for hacking and programming and design and other "computer things" come to our IRC: http://2.webchat.anonops.com/ channel: #GlobalRevolution."
Lee J, from Cyber War News, said these attacks are some of the first that have been carried out against the Chinese government under the Anonymous banner, "and if anything will most likely be the start of a lot of trouble for the Chinese government."