Nearly all my usual non-Chinese websites (BBC, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Google, etc) went offline for a day or two last week. At first, I thought it was just me, but later I heard that my foreign colleagues were having similar problems. When the websites started popping back up again we scoured the internet to find out what had caused the outage. It turns out that the on-line hacking group called "Anonymous" had broken into the websites of nearly 500 Chinese Government Departments and added messages reminding the Chinese people that their internet access is severely blocked and filtered by their Government and suggesting ways to get round it! Hence the internet being down while all the web pages were reset. Not that the Chinese Government has admitted the breach, though!
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