ChinaAid’s server crashed multiple times due to malicious attacks. The group, which reports on human rights issues out of China, received heavy traffic resulting their Chinese language site to crash.
12/02/2010 China (ChinaAid) – The Chinese-language website of ChinaAid Association, which monitors and reports on religious persecution and other human rights abuses in China, and a bilingual companion website have both collapsed under cyber attacks that began Tuesday evening, the group said on Wednesday.
ChinaAid’s Chinese-language website at www.chinaaid.net and its www.monitorchina.org website, which provides Chinese and English material about religious persecution and the rule of law, were both inaccessible as a result of the attacks. Heavy malicious traffic had repeatedly caused the website’s server, which is located in the United States, to crash. Its technical staff was still working hard Wednesday evening to restore the websites. ChinaAid’s mirror English-language site at www.chinaaid.org, which is hosted by a different server, had so far been unaffected.
It was impossible to say definitively who was behind the attacks. However, ChinaAid has been unrelenting in reporting on the increased official persecution directed at religious believers, particularly house church Christians, that has been part of a wider government crackdown on dissent since the announcement in early October that the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
The organization posts almost daily updates on the human rights situation in China on all three of its websites.
China is known to have a vast network of hackers who are regarded by international experts as a major threat to global internet security. For more details, read this Wall Street Journal report: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703865004575648302067137596.html?mod=googlenews_wsj