Members of the hacker collective Anonymous officially declared cyberwar on the Chinese regime in an Oct. 15 video announcement.
“We have now declared cyberwar on the government of China,” says a transparent figure in the video, as scenes from Hong Kong are shown behind him.
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In the video, the figure wears a Guy Fawkes mask from the film “V for Vendetta” and speaks in a text-to-speech voice, both of which have become signatures of Anonymous. The video was initially posted on YouTube, but the account and video were disabled.
The video was posted as Anonymous is planning large-scale attacks on Chinese government networks. On Oct. 14 they announced a new series of attacks in response to police violence against protesters in Hong Kong.
“We will not stand idle when this violence against the protesters is happening. We will continue to launch our attacks on government infrastructures and leak information,” the figure says.
“We will use all of our resources to fight those injustices until peaceful negotiations between the protesters and government officials have resumed,” the figure says.
The new series of attacks, say a release from the Anonymous Operation Hong Kong, or #OpHongKong, will begin on Oct. 18.
The group posted a list of close to 150 Chinese government websites they plan to target.
The upcoming attacks follow a series of attacks the group has launched against the Chinese regime since early October. On Oct. 11, they released databases from 51 Chinese government websites, which included usernames and passwords along with other files.
“We gave you a short list of targets we would breach last time, and we succeeded in our attacks…” states the announcement. “Now, here’s some of our other targets, have fun, get ready, you cannot stop us.”