Rights Sites Report More Cyber Attacks From China

A Chinese human-rights group said it and four other advocacy and news organizations were targeted in cyber attacks over the weekend and hinted that the Chinese government might be to blame.

The group, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, said in a statement that “hackers of unknown origin” begun the attacks around 4 p.m. Saturday and continued them until 8 a.m. Sunday. Its site was taken down as a result of the denial-of-service, or DDOS, attacks.

It said that it couldn’t pinpoint the source of the attacks but that it believes they originated in China. While it didn’t explicitly blame the Chinese government, it called on it to investigate the attacks and pointed out that it’s not the first such incident. “CHRD’s Web site has frequently been targeted for cyber attacks, making it inaccessible for days, especially during ’sensitive’ periods in China,” it said.

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