Twitter Feeds Of China Watchers Hacked

With the U.S. election over, all eyes are on China and the Communist Party's National Congress. Yes, once again it's that time of the decade when when the country's ruling party welcomes its new leader to take the podium. And, as outgoing Premier Hu Jintao began his speech, warning his comrades against corruption, it has been revealed that some prominent names have had their Twitter accounts tampered with.

Amongst the hacked were Tsinghua University academic Patrick Chovanec, the China Media Project, Adam Minter, and Christina Larson. As always with cases like these, the finger points at nationalist hackers, either sanctioned by or not sanctioned by the government. One firm who fell foul of the dark side of China's Internet was Google, whose corporate site was hacked after it decided to stop censoring content on its Chinese site. When the site was censored, the firm had no option but to pull out of China: as a result, its market share on both search and maps is on the wane.

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  • Gutouvhe

    No one hacked mr chovanec's account. Twitter changed the password as a matter of course, as they explained later.

    Mr chovanec is so eager to be seen as important enough to be targeted that he made this story seem something it is not

    Mr chovanec is after all a teacher of American history, not by any means a china expert.

  • Jppaats

    United Nations include China; China does not seem to be a transparent democracy at the moment; does that make any UN ruling acceptable?