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Anonymous warns China not to 'try anything stupid against Taiwan'

Anonymous takes break from cyber war in Russia, hacks into Chengdu CCP website

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(Anonymous screenshot)

(Anonymous screenshot)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The hacker group Anonymous defaced a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) website and warned Beijing to "not try anything stupid against Taiwan" in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Posting on Monday (May 2) the collective hacked the website of the Chengdu Pidu District Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. In a new HTML page created on the website, Anonymous included its logo, followed by a photo of a person wearing a black hoodie and Guy Fawkes mask.

The "Taiwan Numbah Wan!" meme appears on the page, a reference to a famous quote by video game streamer "AngryPug" in 2015 to antagonize Chinese streamer "Em0" during a match in the computer game "H1Z1." Below the slogan is Taiwan's flag followed by its national emblem.

The collective stated that it is taking a "short break" from its cyberwar on Russia to "remind China to not try anything stupid against Taiwan." It pointed out that since the Russian invasion began, it has launched numerous attacks on Russian government and state-run media websites, industrial control systems, and hundreds of surveillance cameras.

Alluding to Anonymous member "Cyber Anakin's" five-day hack into Chinese computer systems, including nuclear power plant interfaces, it mentioned a "souvenir" he had left for China. The defaced page included the flags of Tibet, Taiwan, East Turkestan (Xinjiang), Southern Mongolia (Inner Mongolia), and the Hong Kong protest movement, as well as a memorial for Li Wenliang and other notable people who have died from COVID.

The collective warned the CCP that if it does not want Chinese aircraft carrier the Liaoning to go the way of Russia's sunken cruiser the Moskva or have its computer systems get the "hard treatment like Russia," it must adhere to the following demands:

  • Develop an antiviral drug treatment against COVID-19 based on Todd Rider's DRACO.
  • Take Shepherd Iverson's idea for reunifying the Korean Peninsula into consideration.
  • Actively intervene to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine and incorporate a neutral security belt consisting of Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Finland, and Bosnia, with the possibilities of referenda and UN peacekeeping administration in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine as a starting point.

The targeted CCP website quickly went offline and as of publication, the site is still inoperable. An archived version of the defacement can be found on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.