[ineb] Re: Falun Gong
- 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 themartial 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
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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 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."