Is your internet unusually slow today? Anonymous, a loosely knit group of internet hacktivists, are claiming credit for a huge cyber-attack against 500 Chinese government websites—ultimately influencing sluggish internet speeds all across the globe. Who knows how they did it, but Anonymous hacked through the great firewall of China.
According to the monitoring website Internet Traffic Report, packet loss of 33% or more has been reported for Thursday due to the defacing of one of Asia’s servers, their cyber backbone. While Chinese websites were the only sites targeted by Anonymous, networks in North America, Europe, and especially Asia are gruesomely slow in some areas.
Personally, loading YouTube videos this morning seem to take forever. Hopefully internet speeds will increase by the end of the day.
Sites that were hacked displayed this message on their homepage:
“Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall.”
All other site pages looked like this screenshot posted:
Unlike other countries, China holds strict internet censors and monitors internet activity of citizens extremely close, arresting many individuals for comments made online. The government blocks Web sites that discuss the Dalai Lama, the 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters, Falun Gong, the banned spiritual movement, and other Internet sites. Many are revolting and now Anonymous has stepped in.
The group known as Anonymous is known for multiple attacks across the world. These include attacks on western political parties and governmental organizations, attacks related to the Arab Spring revolutions, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, as well as attacks against the organizations suing Internet file sharing sites the Pirate Bay and MegaUpload.
While this hack leaked a reported 548 phone numbers and 860 email addresses of government officials, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an attack like this again in the near future. With that said, hopefully it won’t affect our internet speeds this time.