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[GuardianUK] 'Iranian' hackers paralyse Chinese search engine Baidu

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Hackers calling themselves the "Iranian Cyber Army" paralysed China's biggest search engine this morning, sparking a bizarre online battle as Chinese hackers apparently retaliated by targeting Iranian sites.

Last month the group attacked Twitter, which has been used by Iranian opposition supporters. But Beijing and Tehran are allies and it was not immediately obvious why hackers targeted Baidu, which commands over 60% of the search market in China.

Some Chinese internet users speculated that it might be in retaliation against Chinese Twitter users who have used a #CN4Iran hashtag to express their support for reformists. Although Twitter is blocked in China, it is used by several thousand people there through proxies or virtual private networks (VPN).

"It's the same warning showed to twitter.com … but I'm not very sure how you would connect this to #CN4Iran. Baidu is a very weird choice," said Michael Anti, an influential Chinese blogger.
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Hopefully this will keep them busy long enough that the US security bureaus can patch their holes to keep them out of their servers.
Edited by Richenbals - 1/12/10 at 11:09am
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I find this slighly entertaining
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But Beijing and Tehran are allies and it was not immediately obvious why hackers targeted Baidu, which commands over 60% of the search market in China.
So just because two governments are closely tied, hackers from one country aren't going to mess with a huge target in the other country?
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lol
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I wish hackers would attack Twitter and China more often
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Also, almost forgot, it's spelled "Guardian".
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Hmm..
They will 'nuke' each other in the end
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Hmm..
They will 'nuke' each other in the end
and they shall use netdisaster to do so
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"This morning your Iranian Cyber Army intrusion [sic] our baidu.com … Please tell your so-called Iranian Cyber Army … Don't intrusion Chinese website about the United States authorities to intervene the internal affairs of Iran's response … This is a warning!"
What the heck does this even mean? Were they implying the USA will save China's butts? I have no idea what this means. Somebody get a better translator pronto!
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So just because two governments are closely tied, hackers from one country aren't going to mess with a huge target in the other country?
Iran and China are allies. Who knows, sounds more like someone else is posing as 'Iranian' hackers and attacking the Chinese search engine.

It may have to do with the recent sales of Patriot defense missiles to Taiwan. China's pretty pissed off about that.
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