After news broke yesterday that Chinese captain, Zhang Qixiong, would be detained further by the Japanese government stemming from an incident over the long-disputed Diaoyu islands, anti-Japanese sentiments are once again running high across the nation.
So what’s an outraged Chinese patriot to do? Well, some overzealous netizens thought hacking Japanese government websites was the way to go but ended up inadvertently as victims of a hacking scam.
Hackers have been posting anti-Japanese messages on several popular forums such as tianya.cn and Baidu Tieba claiming that the Japanese Ministry of Defense website has been hacked, linking to the supposed webpage. But once users clicked through, they were led to pages full of ad links. None of the websites seem to be carrying viruses or malware, however, the hackers earn a pretty penny for every user that clicks on an ad.
In a statement to the Global Times, a communications officer warns to avoid downloading programs that claim to enable one to hack Japanese government websites. He adds, “Discretion is always advised when users feel the temptation to click on links that suggest they have anti-Japan content, because they could have viruses. Considering the current territorial spat and the 9.18 memorial day, you can understand why some people may want to cash in on the bitterness many Chinese feel about Japan.”
That, or you know, you could just try and avoid ‘extreme nationalism.’