TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The decentralized international hacktivist group Anonymous hacked into the websites of China’s Ministry of Emergency Management and Mino Space on Saturday (October 29) in revenge for an editorial war on Wikipedia that has heavily featured entries about its activities were deleted by alleged Chinese agents.
In late September, an edit war broke out on the Wikipedia page for anonymous member Cyber Anakin, who has been hacking government websites, farm management systems, coal mine security interfaces, nuclear power plants, and satellite interfaces as part of “Operation Wrath of Anakin”: No Time to die.” What was originally a lengthy entry for the hacktivist in August was reduced to a few paragraphs in October.
The reasons for the removals were alleged violations of the POV policy, “failed verification” and “unreliable references”. However, one of the editors who prompted the deletions, “Chimney Sweepa,” was later exposed as a sock puppet account, a user posing as someone else for the purpose of manipulation.
Anonymous representative “Allez-opi_omi” told Taiwan News the collective suspects the sudden, random changes were part of a Chinese influence operation that exploited existing systemic biases at Wikipedia. For example, on China’s National Day (October 1), Wikipedia user “Genabab,” accused by another user of being a “fifty center,” changed Taiwan’s status from a country to a “partially recognized country.”
Meme mocking Xi Jinping. (anonymous image)
On Saturday, the collective raided the Ministry of Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China and released the compromised menu page for its CMS, followed by 19 other pages of vandalism, seven forum defacements with photos, and six “extras.” There were also three hacks (Hacks 1, 2, 3) into the website of Mino Space, a private commercial satellite company based in Beijing.
At the time of publication, the Defacements had been taken offline. However, Anonymous has archived versions stored on Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
Tibetan flag and Li Wenliang. (anonymous image)
The pages contained images of the anonymous emblem, the flag of Taiwan, Queen Elizabeth II, Mahsa Amini, Alexzandria Bell, Jean Kuczka, a Pooh caricature of Xi Jinping, a suspected corrupt official in Inner Mongolia, and the Tibetan flag. Other pages contained a Rebel Pepper portrait of Xi, Li Wenliang, Yuri Gagarin, a Newsweek article and the alleged attack by Chinese diplomats on a Hong Kong protester at the Chinese Consulate General in Manchester.
The hacktivists also attached their manifesto, which began, “Bet you thought you could get away with polluting Wikipedia articles about the idea of Anonymous with traveling dimwits on 和谐, or Wiener the Pooh?” They claimed that the hack in the Chinese law enforcement website and the Mino Space interface was run in “light mode” as one of their team members came down with “your COVID Pro Max”.
Chiang Kai-shek mausoleum. (anonymous image)
The group took a stab at Wikipedia, writing that it is “treated as a toy like TikTok by erasers/puritanists” rather than being or becoming a “big thing” in archival scholarship. They lamented that far from being a collegial environment, if someone wants to enforce an unpopular edit, they can “just call on a minority gang to isolate or swarm dissenting users so much that the narration and interpretations of the rules.” twisted and end up with the latter being dealt with by admins or moderators of Hu Jintao”, with tribalism dominating the day.
Chiang Ching Kuo Mausoleum. (anonymous image)
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