Dec 27, 2007
Reporters Without Borders is outraged by a Distributed Denial of Service
attack on the US-based, Chinese news website Boxun that was probably
organised by hackers based in China. Some 2,000 blogs hosted on the site
are down. Boxun editor Wei Shi told Reporters Without Borders: ?We have
never before experienced such a DDOS attack, which consists of
bombarding the site with an almost infinite number of connection
requests. Our boxun.com/blog platform crashed on 24 December. We are not
even sure if we will be able to recover all the data and we will have to
find a new server.
This is not the first time Boxun has been hacked. An attack in August
led to the suspension of about 10 US-based Chinese dissident sites.
Hacker attacks on the site of dissident Huang Qi, 64tianwang.com, forced
it to close in July. Journalists and dissidents who write for Boxun from
China seem to be particularly targeted.
Sun Lin, who sent Boxun video reports under the name of Jie Mu, was
arrested on 30 May in the eastern city of Nanjing after criticising
abuse of authority. Huang Jinqiu, another regular Boxun correspondent
was sentenced on 27 September 2004 to 12 years in prison for ?subverting
state authority.? He was arrested in Lianyungang, in the eastern
province of Jiangsu, in 2003.
Li Changqing, who also wrote articles for Boxun, was sentenced to three
years in prison by a court in the city of Fuzhou, in the southeastern
province of Fujian, for spreading ?alarmist reports.? Cyber-dissident
and blogger He Weihua was forcibly confined to a psychiatric hospital in
the southern province of Hunan in August. His family said it was because
of what he had posted on his Boxun blog, www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/
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