Activist cyber-warfare group Anonymous has hacked hundreds of Chinese websites, many belonging to the Chinese government, officials say.
A number of the government sites were still not working as of today. Many of the hacked sites had messages from the activist group in both Chinese and English, stating "Chinese people: The government controls the Internet in your country and strives to filter what it considers a threat to it. Be careful."
Some of the sites have also had their administrative accounts, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses hacked and posted publicly for the entire world to see. One site claims that almost 500 Chinese sites were hacked, making it the largest cyber-attack in Chinese history.
A message on the Pastebin site contains the following information regarding the reasons behind the Chinese attacks:
Hello, we are Anonymous.
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.
Fight for justice, fight for freedom, fight for democracy!
The attack follows after several days of threats and salvos launched by Anonymous via their twitter feed.