A self-styled alliance of Chinese computer hackers has called a halt to attacks on U.S. websites, after claiming to have broken into more than 1,000 sites.
BEIJING — A self-styled alliance of Chinese computer hackers has called a halt to attacks on U.S. websites, after claiming to have broken into more than 1,000 sites.
The group that calls itself the “Hongke Union” thanked hackers for taking part in the campaign against U.S. websites, but said it would not be connected to any further attacks.
Chinese hackers declared a weeklong war on U.S. sites, from April 30 to May 7, after a U.S. Navy spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter plane, setting off a diplomatic row. The fighter pilot was killed in the April 1 collision.
Hackers attacked the White House site on May 4, leaving it completely blocked or difficult to access for about six hours.
“Our Hongke Union attacked more than 1,000 American Web sites. We have fulfilled the goal of our counterattack,” said a statement posted on ChinaByte, a Chinese site that said it came from the group.
ChinaByte’s news editors knew group members and had asked them to send information about their attacks, said a ChinaByte employee who gave her name only as Miss Long.
U.S. authorities had warned American businesses to guard against an upsurge of attacks following the collision. American hackers responded by defacing Chinese government and commercial sites with pornographic images and messages promoting drug abuse.
Without mentioning the spy plane collision, the Hongke Union statement said its attacks were an “outpouring of dissatisfaction.”
“Through this action we discovered that patriotic feelings still exist in the hearts of most Chinese,” said the statement, dated Wednesday.
Some sites were defaced with anti-American messages, while pictures of Wang Wei, the Chinese pilot who died in the April 1 collision, were posted on others.
Author: Associated Press
News Service: Associated Press