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On Sunday morning (Hong Kong time), websites in Hong Kong were under siege by Anonymous.

The well-known hacker group Anonymous, which has previously exposed child pornography rings as well as disrupted the operations of Visa and Mastercard , have promised to continue their attacks on a number of Hong Kong and Mainland websites in support of the ongoing protest movement here.

The latest round of attacks are currently underway. Websites related to over 80 HKSAR and Chinese government websites have been targeted. Some examples include the Companies Registry and Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Several websites which were taken down by the hacker group at an earlier time, like the Information Services Department, have also been re-targeted.

As of writing, HT has been able to verify that 38 websites have been taken down so far – with possibly more to come in Hong Kong and China. Twitter postings with links to disrupted websites seem to include mostly mainland Chinese, national and state level websites (see the list here) were impacted. While it is difficult to see the inner workings of Anonymous, their results become apparent when websites go down. This makes it hard for outsiders to know how many Hong Kong sites were attacked, but easier to confirm which have been disrupted.

The group posted a message on October 25th,“Expect us next Saturday, and every Saturday until the citizens of Hong Kong get their freedom”. The hacker group brought 47 websites offline last week. Websites for the the Silent Majority for Hong Kong, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), and TVB were among those affected.

When answering questions from HT last week, a spokesperson from OGCIO said that around 70 websites were targeted by Anonymous in attacks since the Umbrella Movement. Some of the attacks originated locally and some outside Hong Kong, though Gareth Hayes from CIRMA states that there is no technical way for the government to be sure of the attackers’ locations. The office claimed there was no defacement of government websites or loss of government data from the websites during the hackers’ attacks. The claim from the spokesperson is similar with what Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, said during his presentation in LegCo on October 22nd. HT was however able to verify that the personal information and contact details for around 300 Guizhou based police officers were released in last weeks attacks.

Notable takedowns last Saturday:

Top Priority Targets – Sun-ONE-Web-Server/6.1 [] – Apache/2.4.4 (Unix) mod_jk/1.2.37 – nginx/1.1.5 – Apache/2.4.4 (Unix) mod_jk/1.2.37 – Chinese Police – Hong Kong Police – Ministry of Defence of China – Ministry of Justice for China Server Info:: Apache/Squid

Targets for 9th November (Op starts at 0400 HKT):

Hong Kong General Targets
http://Legislation.Gov.Hk – Lotus-Domino – – People’s Republic of China Hong Kong SAR Government InfoSec -SCIG-NET :: The Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry – IBM_HTTP_Server/6.0.1 Apache/2.0.47 Unix DAV/2 mod_jk/1.2.26 – Narcotics Division, Security Bureau — Edgecast – Audit Commission – Edgecast -Chief Secretary for Administration – Apache F5 BIG-IP – Edgecast Central Policy Unit – Edgecast – Government Property Agency – Edgecast – Edgecast – Government Laboratory – Edgecast – Office of the Government Chief Information Officer -Edgecast – Edgecast Beijing Office – Edgecast – Planning Department – Edgecast – Government Records Service – Edgecast – The Treasury – Edgecast – Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau – Edgecast – Administration Wing, Chief Secretary for Administration’s Office – Apache F5 BIG-IP – Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department – IIS 6 Transport Department – Apache F5 BIG-IP – Edgecast – Department of Health – Apache F5 BIG-IP – Edgecast – Information Services Department – Edgecast Hong Kong Correctional Services – F5 BIG-IP – 2012 Legislative Council elections – SCIG-NET – Census and Statistics Department – SCIG-NET – Legislative Council of the HKSAR – PCCW-BIA – 2014 to 15 financial year Budget – EDGECAST – Security Bureau – EDGECAST – Innovation and Technology Commission – EDGECAST – Hong Kong Monetary Authority – AKAMAI-PA – Environmental Protection Department – AKAMAI-PA – Labour Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Code on Access to Information – PRIME_TELECOM – Intellectual Property Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Joint Secretariat for the Advisory Bodies on Civil Service -PRIME_TELECOM – Buildings Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Home Affairs Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Hong Kong Air Traffic Control – PRIME_TELECOM – Lands Department – PRIME_TELECOM Where Business Goes to Grow – PRIME_TELECOM Basic Law – PRIME_TELECOM – Civil Engineering and Development Department -PRIME_TELECOM -fun for a lil rewording 😉 – PRIME_TELECOM – Government Flying Service – PRIME_TELECOM – Drainage Services Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Government Logistics Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Civil Aviation Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Office of the Commissioner of Insurance – PRIME_TELECOM – Hong Kong Marine Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Commerce and Economic Development Bureau -PRIME_TELECOM – Water Supplies Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Social Welfare Department – PRIME_TELECOM – Planning and Engineering Study on Development of Lok Ma Chau.. – PRIME_TELECOM – Joint Financial Intelligence Unit – PRIME_TELECOM – Public Affairs Forum – WHARFTT-NET-HK – Search Engine – NWTIDC-HK – Electricity Information Corner – EMSDNET – HKDNRNET – Development Bureau – HGC – Trade and Industry Department – CLOUDFLARENET – Strategic Commodities Control – CLOUDFLARENET – Hong Kong Housing Authority and … – CLOUDFLARENET – District Council website – PCCW-BIA The Hong Kong Government’s Telephone Directory – PRIME_TELECOM – Companies Registry – PRIME_TELECOM Companies Registry Cyber ​​Search Centre -BB-WTT

Top Priority Targets – Sun-ONE-Web-Server/6.1 [] – Apache/2.4.4 (Unix) mod_jk/1.2.37 – nginx/1.1.5 – Apache/2.4.4 (Unix) mod_jk/1.2.37 – Chinese Police – Hong Kong Police – Ministry of Defence of China – Ministry of Justice for China Server Info:: Apache/Squid