Epoch Times Websites Again Suffer Cyber Attacks

By Matthew Robertson
Matthew Robertson
Matthew Robertson
Matthew Robertson is the former China news editor for The Epoch Times. He was previously a reporter for the newspaper in Washington, D.C. In 2013 he was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for coverage of the Chinese regime's forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience.
February 4, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

A number of websites belonging and related to the Epoch Times, including the English and Chinese-language versions of the Epoch Times online, and its sister publication New Tang Dynasty Television, suffered disruptive cyberattacks recently. 

Epoch Times technical personnel suggested likely attackers were state-affiliated and based in China—based on the style and timing of the attacks, and the range of targets they chose. Apart from the Times’ websites, the site Dynaweb, which hosts anti-censorship software Freegate, was also attacked. 

The attacks resulted in users in some regions being unable to navigate the site in a normal fashion. They later ceased, and access returned to normal. 

Such attacks often seem to occur when there are political purges taking place in China. For instance, a massive wave of disruption occurred at different times throughout 2012, in the lead-up to the Chinese Communist Party’s once-in-a-generation leadership transition. Most recently the vice-minister of State Security, Ma Jian, was purged, as well as a range of other officials with ties to former regime leader Jiang Zemin. 

Matthew Robertson is the former China news editor for The Epoch Times. He was previously a reporter for the newspaper in Washington, D.C. In 2013 he was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for coverage of the Chinese regime's forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience.