This time, it was the attacker who was stroked. Yes, we are talking about China, which was punched in the back by a decentralized international hacktivist group called “Anonymous”. Earlier on Friday, that is, on October 1, 2021, Anonymous released its “Round 2” to disfigure the Chinese government by uploading random images to the Chinese government tourism promotion website. Images posted on the website included Tank Man, Winnie the Pooh, and other photos.
Anonymous uploads random photos to the Chinese government website and we don’t know why. As mentioned in a Taiwan News report, the hacktivist group admits that it exploited exposed default password credentials to hack the Chinese tourism website server.
There were several shared links on Anonymous’s main server which consists of these vague files. The first link had the iconic Tank Man photo, the second link was an image with text that read, “When you’ve just started a game and you’re trying to figure out how strong your character is.” As mentioned in a Taiwan News report, the first three links were recreations of the image in several video games.
The sixth link shared by Anonymous was an image of Winnie the Pooh and scenes where Pooh is having fun with his friends Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger. Fun fact, the popular teddy bear character is banned in China and it has been used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping. It’s funny but it’s true, and maybe that’s why Anonymous chose an image of Winnie the Pooh on the China Tourism Promotion Site.
According to Taiwanese News, the seventh image on the list was of Taiwan’s national emblem called “Blue Sky with a White Sun”. This emblem is found on the Chinese flag and for some reason Anonymous has posted a high resolution image of this emblem.
The last image was a blank page with text that read “BONUS – Return Thursday: Anonymous 2020 Christmas Gift!” Well, these are just a few of the images among many, and according to reports, other links included images such as Milk Tea Alliance memes, Russian dissidents and pages hacked from the Astrakhan Region Football Federation.
There is a great mystery behind Anonymous’s efforts to upload random images to the Chinese government website. Could this be a sign that something big is brewing for China or could it be a threat to the Chinese government in some way?
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Source: Taiwanese news