Anonymous, the online hacking based activist group, threatened the Hong Kong and Chinese governments with a major website blackout and leaks of tens of thousands of email addresses owned by the government.
The group of hackers used Twitter to launch a large mass effort with the hashtags “#OpHK” and “#OperationHongKong”. The aim is to bring down government servers from China through DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that would be carried out on Saturday. Such attacks can cripple networks by sending too much traffic to websites.
The Anonymous statement said:
“Here’s your heads up, prepare for us, try to stop it, the only success you will have will be taking all your sites offline.
China, you cannot stop us. You should have expected us before abusing your power against the citizens of Hong Kong.”
Over 50,000 email addresses from the Chinese government were already leaked through a Twitter message:
— Anonymous (@AnonymousGlobo) October 10, 2014
The refusal of the Hong Kong government to negotiate and the police reaction sparked a widespread condemnation that now spreads to Anonymous.
Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, declared:
“If this is true, it will show that the Chinese government is a victim of internet hacking. China has consistently stressed our opposition to all internet hacking attack activities. We rebuke the acts of this organization.”
The country’s internet regulator, The State Internet Information Office, declined to offer a comment. The same happened with the Hong Kong Police Force.