Image: courtesy of @AnonymousTibet
Something very strange is happening to a Twitter account run by @AnonymousTibet, (AT) the cause of which is uncertain, but before we continue here’s what we’ve learned from our colleagues @tibettruth. Seems that last month the anonymous account posted a video about activism targeting Chinese regime websites. They also tweeted to a few followers with an interest in Tibet an update on Tibetan Independence Day, which falls on February 13.
On that same day they were locked out of their account and despite several appeals and direct explanations it took a week to regain access. They received emails from Twitter Support apologizing for the inconvenience and acknowledging that their algorithms had wrongly interpreted AT as being a spam-bot.
Yay! Case closed and thanks to a whole lot of support from people across Twitter their account was again up and running. But wait a minute, when they logged in something was missing, only their 2000 plus followers! What’s more anyone trying to follow AT were being blocked from doing so! Meanwhile their emails and tweets to @TwitterSupport to help fully restore their account are being ignored, and at the time of this post the situation remains unresolved.
What is going down here? Is this administrative oversight by Twitter, or something darker? Are we seeing once again censorship? Has China exerted its suffocating influence once again? Whatever the facts it’s very worrying to see an account dedicated to human rights, justice and freedom being effectively banned. The only party which would welcome such a censorship is that of China’s regime!
We trust that Twitter will do the right thing here and lift the restrictions imposed upon @AnonymousTibet and restore their followers, anything else places into question their commitment to freedom-of-speech.
Image via @tibettruth
Active support for Tibet’s cause continues from Anonymous activists, over the past couple of days thousands of passwords, email addresses and log-in details of Chinese websites have been exposed by #Op_Tibet and #BlackHat. Our respect and sincere thanks to those involved in such activism.
The Anonymous assault against Chinese government and business websites continues, a third day of activism from #Op_Tibet and #BlackHat has hacked into 15000 emails. Details, including passwords have been revealed, exposing these targets to further attacks.
These were anonymously posted here: https://pastebin.com/3PwTx8SZ
We’d like to express our genuine thanks to everyone involved, your active solidarity with Tibet and its people is an invaluable and much appreciated support.
Shout-out to @AnonymousTibet for the heads-up on news of this
Image courtesy of @AnonymousTibet
Anonymous activists struck dozens more Chinese websites on December 5th in an action taken by #Op_Tibet & #BlackHat. Many government sites were targeted and taken offline by the attack, which was taken in support of Tibet’s just cause for national freedom and human rights. Respect to all those who participated in this immensely successful digital activism, your solidarity is greatly appreciated. Thanks to our team across Twitter for the heads-up on this and also to @AnonymousTibet for sharing the image above.
Thanks to @AnonymousTibet for sharing this image
We’re getting news in from our team over on Twitter of what looks like a massive strike against Chinese government and other sites in China. The anonymous action was launched December 4 by #BlackHat #Op_Tibet #OpFreeTibet and has smashed over 50 websites which have been taken offline in support of the Tibetan cause for national freedom and human rights. In addition a long list of official Chinese email accounts have also been hacked, leaving them open no doubt to further action.
To all those involved in this digital activism please know this, your support and solidarity with the just cause of Tibet is greatly welcomed. Thanks to all those who know who they are for striking this blow against the censorship and tyranny of China’s regime.
Graphic courtesy of @anonriddler/twitter
It appears as if the global outcry at the censorship applied by Cambridge University Press (CUP) at the behest of the Chinese regime has resulted in a volte face by the respected publisher. An announcement issued 8/21 by Cambridge University, which owns CUP, made clear it was making publications previously blocked available again. A decision no doubt much to the annoyance of China’s authorities.
The international response to the censorship applied by CUP was intense, drawing severe criticism from across the academic community and human rights advocates. It also generated action from Anonymous activists who targeted the website of CUP taking it offline during the course of two days. Meanwhile a statement has been posted on Twitter by #Op_Tibet and #anons4TIBET which welcomes the decision but warns Cambridge University Press that further action will result if any more censorship is applied. Thanks to @AnonymousTibet for the headsup on this information.
Recently we have been targeted by an online scam, based in China, due to our digital activism on Tibet we maintain secure operating protocols, thankfully our computers were not compromised and no breach made on our data. The nature of this latest attempt threatens to ‘cyber squat’ a domain name, with the prospect of diverting traffic away and lowering search-engine rankings, it is though an empty intimidation. An email gets sent from a seemingly legit domain registry website that alerts you of a company which is trying to register your domain name in China. This is aimed to produce an over-reaction, a touch of scare-mongering. After all the thought of your site being hit in such a way is a cause for concern. But the scam seeks a response, it’s looking for dialog, and a hook into concerns.
Next you receive an email from the company supposedly seeking to register your domain name, in which they assert that no matter the claimed concerns of copyright abuse they are going to register anyway. This is a second-stage frightener. By now they are hoping you are scrambling around trying to prevent such an action, but just when all seems lost, guess who comes along with a solution? Yep you got it the supposed domain registry website that first contacted you! They offer a secure and lasting way to avoid your hard-earned and respected domain name from being misappropriated, register those URLs with them! Then the sting is completed when they announce that for a reasonable charge they can host the offending domain names and so protect your actual domain from abuse. That is the scam!!! Due to the vigilance and experience of folks who look after our online presence we were able to recognize this criminal action at a very early stage, and so avoid the con.
Meanwhile our Facebook team reached out for advice to an Anonymous activist who has been extremely helpful in our work on Tibet and to our amazement, as an additional layer of protection, she/he registered the offending .cn domain names. While the object of the scam was to threaten the registration of such domains, in reality that was only a bait, in all reality they would not have wasted money registering a number of names. That though misses the main point, the incredible solidarity and generosity offered by Anonymous who took action as a precaution to protect our site https://tibettruth.com
We would love to name the individual and offer our genuine thanks for such support but as Anonymous that’s not possible, she/he knows who they are and so to that person we say ‘Thank you for caring and standing with us in our activism for the just cause of Tibet’s national freedom!’