By Cal Widdall
The Anonymous hacking group claims to have defaced almost 500 Chinese websites. Each one carried a message of protest against the government’s repressive policies, encouraging citizens to join Anonymous and stage their own protests. In English, with no Chinese translation.
Targeted sites had the following message displayed:
“Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall,” the message read in English. “So expect us because we do not forgive, never. What you are doing today to your Great People, tomorrow will be inflicted to you. With no mercy.”
In addition to predicting the government’s collapse, Anonymous also claimed sympathy with the Chinese people. “Each of you suffers from the tyranny of that regime which knows nothing about you. We are with you,” the message said, providing a link to a page of tips on how to circumvent China’s Internet controls.
If the group was genuinely trying to reach the Chinese public, it seems to be a glaring error that the original messages were only written in English, with more than a faint whiff of white saviour complex. However, the group’s Twitter feed has since corrected this mistake by advertising for a Chinese translator and posting a link to a new message with Chinese as well as English.
As always, this poorly secured website would like to make it clear that we fully support the campaigns of all hackers, however ill-advised they may be.