The “hacktivist” group Anonymous hackers have declared cyber war against the Hong Kong’s governing state apparatus if the Hong Kong police continue to harass people who are protesting for democracy in the Hong Kong.
Websites operated by the state government & police are under threat from hacking attacks, As Anonymous Hacker said in a video message, Speaking on behalf of its group, the video declared: “The time has come for democracy for the citizens of Hong Kong.” Anonymous compares the tear gas and pepper spray used by Hong Kong riot police on Occupy Central protesters to American police tactics used in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year.
The video sent to a news portal News2Share went on to threatens to disclose personal information and deface multiple Hong Kong websites over the coming days. Due to the nebulous nature of Anonymous, it is almost impossible to verify the extent of the attacks and the locations and identities of the hackers behind them. The Anonymous message video comes as China toughens its stance against thousands of protestors who are calling for political reform. The ruling Communist party has backed the chief executive of Hong Kong, who is appointed by Beijing, and whose continuation in the role has become an exploding point of contention.
Watch: Anonymous declares cyber war on Hong Kong
The full transcript of the video is as follows:
Greetings, world. We are Anonymous.
It has come to our attention that recent tactics used against peaceful protesters here in the United States have found their way to Hong Kong. To the protesters in Hong Kong, we have heard your plea for help. Take heart and take to your streets. You are not alone in this fight. Anonymous members all over the world stand with you, and will help in your fight for democracy.
To the Hong Kong police and any others that are called to the protests, we are watching you very closely and have already begun to wage war on you for your inhumane actions against your own citizens. If you continue to abuse, harass or harm protesters, we will continue to deface and take every web-based asset of your government off line. That Is not a threat. It is a promise.
Attacking protesters will result in releasing personal information of all of your government officials. We will seize all your databases and e-mail pools and dump them on the Internet. This is your first and only warning. The time has come for democracy for the citizens of Hong Kong. The line has been drawn in the sand. The police are to protect, not trample on, the freedoms and democracy of their citizens. Until justice prevails, hack and protest will replace it. The cause of security and democracy will be grounds for the assault on your virtual infrastructure. Take this opportunity to stand down while we give it to you, or it will get a lot worse.
Operation Hong Kong engaged. We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Government of Hong Kong, expect us.
How well-informed the Anonymous hackers are about the true nature and extent of what is happening in Hong Kong is unclear. But the Anonymous hacking group does regularly declare “war” by taking sides in issues unrelated to itself.
In their video message to Hong Kong authorities, Anonymous insisted it was “watching you [government] very carefully” and claimed it would issue only one warning.
A quick look at the websites hacked by Anonymous Hackers group shows defaced homepage complete with blaring music, pictures of the anonymous group’s logo and a block of text which reads: “We Are Sick And Tired Of your Bullsh*t! This is Operation HongKong. We Will Not Stop. We Will Not Give Up! Youve Pissed All The Anons Off #SaveHongKong #OpHongKong #Anonymous# #Hacked”
News of Anonymous operation has been slowly spreading on Twitter, with several accounts associated with the group either tweeting messages related to Hong Kong or spreading news of the attack via the #OpHK hashtag.
@TheAnonMessage they can’t hear us
— Uncle Iroh (@Satisfacsean__) October 1, 2014
— leungfaye (@leungfaye) October 1, 2014
Anonymous , which considers itself an international group of “hacktivists”, has become well known for hacking government and business websites and unleashing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks – where sites are continuously bombed with traffic until their servers overload.
In the past, Anonymous has achieved renown for hacking businesses including Visa and Sony, as well as government websites in the US, Singapore, and Israel. The Anonymous group has publicly announced its support of freedom of speech, and has endorsed WikiLeaks on multiple occasions.