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  • Jen Cairns
    Thanks Jon, Heres a bit more on Falun Gong, and some web sites. Who is DK incidentally... ... martial arts and a return to traditional morality have wreaked
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 6, 1999
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      Thanks Jon,

      Heres a bit more on Falun Gong, and some web sites.

      Who is DK incidentally...

      >The leadership's fears may be legitimate. Similar sects emphasizing the
      martial arts and a >return to traditional morality have wreaked havoc in
      the past, and, in the case of the 19th->century Taiping rebellion, even
      come close to overthrowing the regime. But Beijing's heavy->handed
      crackdown on the apparently innocuous Falun Gong risks alienating large
      swathes of the
      >population--and turning what is now a benign threat, if a threat at all,
      into a more

      Interesting that a return to "traditional morality" [- whatever that is, I
      presume the writer means a Confucian ideal - where the Emperor, appointed
      by Heaven, can also be removed by popular demand if not satisfactory] is a

      The Chinese government has only recently come round to a more liberal
      attitude towards religion (however defined) and I hope that this episode
      doesnt reflect on the slow progress towards re-establishment/acceptance of
      Buddhism and other faiths in the Republic.

      The incidence of "Chinese Hackers" and mailbombs to prevent global access
      to the Web pages etc is apparently not restricted to Falun Gong sites, but
      also has allegedly been taking place elsewhere by the Chinese, Indonesia
      for example.


      Founder : Master Li Hongzhi
      Zhen - Shan - Ren
      Falun Dafa In North America

      A new specialised website "MingHui" has been built up at:
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      The doctrines of the Great Law of Falun Dafa can give guidance to anyone in
      their cultivation including those who have religious beliefs. This is the
      Principle of the universe, the true Law that has never been revealed. In
      the past humans were not allowed to know the Principle of the universe
      (Buddha Law); it transcends all the sciences and moral principles of
      ordinary human society from ancient times to the present. What has been
      taught in religions and what people have experienced are only
      superficialities and phenomena, while its extensive and profound inner
      meaning can only present itself to and be felt and understood by the
      cultivators who are at different levels of their true cultivation, and they
      can really see what the Law is.
      Li Hongzhi
      February 6, 1995
      ISPs Accuse China of Infowar
      by Oscar S. Cisneros

      12:00 p.m. 30.Jul.99.PDT
      Two Canadian ISPs said Friday that their networks were attacked this week
      by Chinese government crackers with a political agenda.
      "The hack attempts I could trace [originated with] Chinese government
      offices in Beijing," said Eric Weigel, director of Bestnet Internet, a
      Hamilton, Ontario-based ISP.

      Weigel said he suspected that the "denial of service" attack, which ended
      at 4 a.m. EST Friday, was motivated by his organization's hosting a Web
      site for a religious group outlawed in China.

      "I know the Chinese government doesn't like the Falundafa Gong religion.
      They've arrested some people, but I don't know if anybody's been shot."

      The Chinese government last week banned the "wheel of law," or Falun Gong,
      sect, stating that the group corrupted people's minds, disrupted social
      order, and sabotaged stability. The nation's state-run television network
      launched a negative media blitz against Falun Gong.

      The group, which claims more than 2 million members, advocates meditation
      and exercise. In April, in a protest at Beijing's Zhongnanhai leadership
      compound, more than 10,000 Falun Gong smembers demanded protection for
      their religion. The government responded by destroying more than a million
      of the sect's books, tapes, and CDs.

      If Weigel's hunch is correct, that fury has now extended into the world of
      the Internet.

      "The Chinese government didn't even phone me up and say, 'Please remove
      this site,'" Weigel said. "That's pretty rude."

      Weigel said he traced the hack attacks back to the Beijing Application
      Institute for Information Technology and the Information Center of Xin An

      The attackers used two common techniques to take on Bestnet and Nebula
      Internet Services, a smaller ISP in the nearby town of Burlington: They
      attempted to penetrate the ISPs' systems and also to flood their servers
      with incomplete requests for data -- a technique that overwhelms a Web
      server such that it is unable to serve up a Web site (in this case, Falun

      Neither effort was successful at Bestnet, Weigel said. But the denial of
      service attack did thwart Nebula Internet Services, which hosted Falun
      Gong's site until last week.

      "They didn't have enough bandwidth to handle them, plus they're using a
      Windows machine," said Weigel. "I couldn't even copy the site using FTP --
      they had to physically bring the files on a hard drive."

      Nebula's owner, Greg Alexander, said that the attacks started a month ago
      and coincided with media reports of a government crackdown on the sect.

      "The Chinese government has called the Falun Gong an enemy of the state and
      so we assumed that it's the Chinese government," he said. "They actually
      swamped our lines for two days -- we were maxed right out."

      Alexander also said a US Department of Transportation official contacted
      him to ask about an attack on a server at the Federal Aviation
      Administration. The unnamed official told him that the "probe" of the FAA's
      server originated from one of Nebula's machines. Alexander added that the
      specific IP address was at the time assigned to Falun Gong.

      "We didn't have control of our own IP address," he said.

      The Department of Transportation could not be reached for comment late
      Friday afternoon. Alexander speculated that if someone made the attack look
      as if it originated from Falun Gong's IP address, they did so to make "the
      US government think that these people are bad people."
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