The renowned Anonymous hacker group has launched consecutive attacks on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official websites over the past week.
The hacktivist group first targeted the Chinese Cultural Center, a Chinese government tourism promotion website, last Thursday, Sept. 30. The group uploaded 10 links to pages that promote Taiwan independence, according to Taiwan News.
The links are directed to an audio file of Taiwan’s national anthem, Taiwanese flag, pro-Taiwan independence banner, and images mocking China’s involvement in the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlet revealed.
The attack was a clear reminder of recently escalated aggressiveness from Beijing to Taiwan this year. The tensions that Taiwan’s defense minister said this week had been the worst in the past 40 years.
In the early morning of the following day, the group launched a “Round 2” attack, with eight more links uploaded on the Chinese Cultural Center website.
Aside from continuous Taiwan-support theme links, the topic of some other links of this second wreckage was the Tiananmen Square Massacre, when the military was ordered to kill thousands of student protesters on June 4, 1989.
One of the links led to a photo of a single person standing in front of a row of military tanks with words that read, “when you just started a game and you’re trying to figure out how strong your character is.”
Beijing has been using the newly imposed “national security” law in Hong Kong to crackdown on dissidents and organizations that keep the memories of the event alive. At least one Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil group has been disbanded this year, with multiple leaders imprisoned.
Anonymous told Taiwan News that its second hack neglected to deliver one other statement that declares: “The Internet Hate Machine hates fascists and rapists!”
The decentralized international hacktivist group did not stop there. On Oct. 3, Anonymous launched the third attack with 16 other uploads, most of which supported Taiwan’s sovereignty, mocking COVID-19 and China’s President Xi.
Packaged in the third set of links on the Chinese Cultural Center website were images of Chinese leaders, including Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, Yen Chia-kan, Chiang Ching-Kuo, Lee Teng-hui, Chen Sui-Bian, Ma Ying-jeou, and Tsai Ing-wen.
The CCP disregarded most of them, with Tsai Ing-wen being a target of political, economic, and military pressure from the CCP over the past five years.
This time, Anonymous did not forget to embed their message, which says, “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not Forgive. We do not Forget. Expect Us,” and “The Internet Hate Machine hates (and will always hate) fascists and rapists.”
Operators of the official CCP website had managed to erase Anonymous’ content, but that was only after the three days of inadvertently displaying them.