The Chinese government website for Qinghai Province was hacked by Anonymous, a decentralized international hacktivist group. The hacking group managed to upload Taiwan’s national flag, Taiwan independence banner, the Wuhan whistleblower, “Tank Man,” and the Tibetan flag, among other images banned in China.
According to the group’s representative, the hack was achieved through a privilege escalation. He said, “We put these into their servers via their email messaging system as attachments, which is viewable if the links are shared publicly.”
Another Reddit user, OkDoctor25 uploaded 10 archived links to pages the group had posted onto the Qinghai governmental website. The social media post carried the title, “Anonymous once again uploaded some naughty files including Taiwan’s flag into another CCP government website, specifically Qinghai Province official website.”
These are the 10 links displayed on the Chinese Site
- Telltale emblem for Anonymous, a black suit, and a question mark
- “Obligatory Taiwanese flag.”
- Pro-Taiwan independence banner
- Photograph of Li Wenliang (李文亮), the ophthalmologist in Wuhan who first warned of the COVID-19 outbreak in China.
- Iconic Tank Man photo was taken during the Tiananmen Square Massacre. A previously posted manifesto by Anonymous Malaysia accuses an “Instagram/TikTok influencer” of being a “serial rapist.”
- A five-page manifesto of this hack that starts with a silhouette of Rick Astley and lyrics from his song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
Notable elements of the manifesto include references to the “Taiwan numbah wan” and “West Taiwan” memes, an illustration of Winnie the Pooh, a defense of Li Wenliang, and the slogans “One World, One Dream, Free Tibet,” “Free Hong Kong, Revolution of our times,” and “Milk Tea Alliance Forever!” It describes Mao Zedong as a ‘worse monster than Hitler and Stalin combined” and calls for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
- Flag of Tibet, which was adopted by the 14th Dalai Lama after the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion for the Tibetan Government in Exile, and it is now used by supporters of Tibetan independence.
- Meme mocking Republican governor of Missouri Mike Parson.
- Red “banhammer” meme directed at Reddit. It combines the red field and five gold stars of the Chinese flag with a golden gavel, to represent the alleged shadowbanning of Anonymous user “Allez-opi_omi” and posts by the group.
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