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Chinese hackers poised for anti-CNN attack over the weekend

April 18, 2008 (Computerworld Australia)

Fireworks should start early Friday evening on the East Coast:

Chinese hackers appear to be readying for an attack on the West scheduled for April 19. The basis of the attack appears to be the recent, and very public, pro-Tibet coverage in Western media organizations.

A Chinese site called Anti-CNN is setting out to counteract what it claims are the lies and distortion present in Western news coverage of stories concerning China and Chinese national interests. It is calling for street protests in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom on April 19 (Beijing local time; early evening Friday on the East Coast, or close-of-business on the West).

So far it is nothing more than Anonymous has done in its efforts to protest against Scientology, but nationalistic Chinese hackers have issued a call for a distributed denial of service attack against CNN to coincide with the street protests.

While there is no apparent link between Anti-CNN and the hackers calling for the denial-of-service attack, the team at The Dark Visitor, who have been tracking Chinese hacking activity for some time, believe that it may be members of the Red Hacker Alliance that are pushing for the online attack to accompany the physical demonstrations.

There will be a number of interested observers watching on April 19, to see whether The Red Alliance have the capability to back up the claims they are making — and what sort of effect they are actually going to have against a high-traffic media site.

Source: ComputerWorld Security

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  1. CNN’s Coverage of China is Raising Hackles

    HONG KONG, April 19, 2008 A growing movement to protest CNN’s coverage of China has in recent weeks generated its own Web site, theme song, and now, it seems, army of hackers.

    Friday, the Time Warner Inc.-owned Cable News Network Web site experienced problems that prevented users from accessing the site — what appeared to be a “denial of service” attack instigated by hackers. Users trying to access CNN.com were unable to do so at least temporarily in certain Asian markets, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and mainland China.

    CNN said in a statement that it “took preventative measures to filter traffic in response to attempts to disrupt our Web site.” It added that a small number of users in Asia were affected, and it was working to restore access quickly.

    No one has taken credit for Friday’s outage, but Chinese hackers on Internet bulletin boards have called for attacks on the site in recent days.

    CNN first ran afoul of Chinese bloggers in late March who objected to the way it cropped photos of the recent unrest in Tibet to show a police van, but not people nearby attacking the vehicle with stones. A Beijing Internet entrepreneur, Rao Jin, soon started a Web site called anti-cnn.com to document mistakes on CNN and other foreign media. The site receives as many as five million clicks a day, he says.

    His effort spawned the increasingly popular slogan “don’t be too CNN,” which in China apparently now means “don’t be too biased.” Since then, two songs lampooning CNN, complete with video, have become popular on China’s Internet. Both are called “Don’t Be Too CNN.”

    “Why do you rack your brains in trying to turn black into white? Don’t be too CNN,” sings an online singer named Murong Xuan in one of the songs.

    Other international media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, have come under criticism in China for their coverage of the unrest in Tibet. But CNN, whose staff have received threats, appears to have become a proxy for what many Chinese see as Western media bias that villainizes China just as the country prepares to make a global splash through its hosting of the summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

    Online forums for Chinese hackers Friday were filled with discussion over whether — and when — they should launch an attack on CNN’s Web site. On the blogspot home page of a hacker calling himself Laozi, hackers said that a “flame of revenge” attack on CNN’s Web site would take about three hours to complete. They didn’t specify how an attack would be accomplished.

    Some also said that fears of retribution had caused them to cancel plans for an attack originally scheduled for Saturday. “I love my nation very much! But I love my parents and family more,” wrote one person using the name Yan Zhao Shen Lang.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal

    Comment by Smokey | April 20, 2008 | Reply


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