Chinese anti-censorship group Greatfire.org suffers massive hack | Technology | The Guardian

Chinese anti-censorship group Greatfire.org suffers massive hack | Technology | The Guardian.

 A Chinese national flag flies in front of the Google China headquarters in Beijing.Google’s headquarters in Beijing. Surfers in China might have found it harder to access an uncensored Google via Greatfire.org since the attack. Photograph: Sinopix/REX

An advocacy group that helps internet users inside China bypass blocks on censored content says it is suffering a denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations.

US-subsidised Greatfire.org says the attack started two days ago and traffic is 2,500 times above normal. It has affected “mirror”, or duplicate, websites that it has set up via encrypted web services offered by companies such as Amazon.

Greatfire.org said the attack has interfered with visitors to sites including Boxun.com, which publicises allegations of corruption and human rights abuses inside China, German provider Deutsche Welle, and Google.

The statement from a co-founder of the group, who goes by the pseudonym Charlie Smith, said it’s not clear who is behind the attack, but it coincides with increased pressure on the organization over the last few months and public criticism from Chinese authorities.


FBI probes possible China military involvement in cyber attack – FT.com

FBI probes possible China military involvement in cyber attack – FT.com.

hacking hackers chinese registry.com©Dreamstime

The FBI is investigating possible Chinese military involvement in a cyber hack at Register.com, which manages more than 1.4m website addresses for businesses around the world.

Hackers, who appear to have stolen network and employee passwords, have accessed Register’s network for about a year, said people familiar with the probe. But the breach, which the company reported to the FBI but not to customers or investors, is not known to have caused disruptions or resulted in any theft of client data.

Although the investigative trail has pointed to Chinese military involvement, it is unclear what China would want to accomplish by hacking the site. Some current and former law enforcement officials said, however, that the hack could be aimed at obtaining the ability to undermine large parts of internet infrastructure.That has bolstered investigators’ belief that the hackers are state-sponsored rather than criminals intent on making money from credit card data or social security information.