Hackers linked to the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for defacing a number of Chinese government and business websites.
"Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today websites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall. So expect us because we do not forgive, never. What you are doing today to your Great People, tomorrow will be inflicted to you. With no mercy," a message posted on the affected sites read in English.
"Each of you suffers from the tyranny of that regime which knows nothing about you. We are with you. With you here and now. But also tomorrow and the coming days so promising for your freedom. We will never give up. Don't lose hope, the revolution begins in the heart. The silence of all other countries highlights the lack of democracy and justice in China. It's unbearable. We must all fight for your freedom."
According to the Wall Street Journal, government-administered websites targeted by the collective include those belonging to the Central Business District in Chengdu, the Qingniwaqiao sub-district office in the city of Dalian, and lower-level government agencies in the cities of Taizhou, Zhongshan and Jiazhou.
It should be noted that Anonymous has targeted China in the past, specifically this past September when its Analytics branch posted an extensive analysis accusing fruit and vegetable producer Chaoda Modern Agriculture (Holdings) Ltd. of "deceit and open corporate fraud."