Chinese hackers deface film festival website

Graham Cluley

Chinese hackers are being blamed for an attack on the website of the Melbourne International Film Festival, which left the site displaying the Chinese flag and slogans against Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer.

One message left by hackers on the website read:

We like film, but we hate Rebiya Kadeer!
We like peace, and we hate East Turkistan terrorist!
Please apologize to all the Chinese people!
Hacked by oldjun!

62-year-old Kadeer, an exiled separatist leader, has been invited to attend the festival in August for a screening of the documentary about her called “Ten Conditions of Love”. Ms Kadeer’s invitation to the film’s screening has gone done badly with the Chinese government who claim that she has incited ethnic unrest in Xinjiang.

Festival organizer Richard Moore told the BBC that the website had been attacked “hundreds.. if not…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.