This time it is the striker who was petted. Yes, we are talking about China being hit on the back by a decentralized international hacktivist group called ‘Anonymous’. Earlier on Friday October 1, 2021, Anonymous released its “Round 2” to deface the Chinese government by uploading random images to the Chinese government’s tourism promotion website. The images posted on the website included random Tank Man, Winnie the Pooh, and other photos.
Anonymous uploads random photos to the Chinese government website and we have no answer as to why. As mentioned in a report by Taiwan News, the hacktivist group admits that it exploited exposed standard passwords to hack the server of China’s tourism website.
Several links were shared on Anonymous’ s backend server made up of these vague files. The first link included the iconic Tank Man photo, the second link was a picture with text that said, “When you were just starting a game trying to find out how strong your character is.” As mentioned in a report by Taiwanese News , the first three of the links were replicas of the image in several video games.
The sixth link shared by Anonymous was a picture of Winnie the Pooh and scenes of Pooh joking around with his friends Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger. Fun fact, the popular teddy bear character is banned in China and has been used to poke fun at China’s Chairman Xi Jinping. It’s funny, but it’s true, and maybe that’s why Anonymous selected a picture of Winnie the Pooh on the Chinese tourism promotion website.
According to Taiwanese News, the seventh picture on the list was Taiwan’s national emblem, “Blue Sky with White Sun”. This emblem can be found on the Chinese flag and for some reason Anonymous posted a high resolution picture of this emblem.
The last picture was a blank page with the text “BONUS – Throwback Thursday: Anonymous 2020 Christmas Gift!” Well, these are just a few of the pictures among many, and reports have reported other links including pictures such as Milk Tea Alliance memes, Russian dissidents and Astrakhan Region Football Association hacked pages.
There is a great mystery behind Anonymous’ efforts to upload random images to the Chinese government website. Could this be a sign that something big is getting in the way of China, or could it be some kind of threat to the Chinese government?
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Source: Taiwan News