Sunday, July 26, 2009

Chinese Hack Australian Film Festival Website

Hackers from what appears to be a Chinese IP address hacked into the Melbourne International Film Festival's website, apparently protesting the inclusion of a documentary on Rebiya Kadeer, the leader of the Ulghurs. Just this month, nearly 2000 Chinese were either injured or killed during riots, which Chinese officials say Kadeer caused. Kadeer denies the charges.

When Chinese officials learned the festival would be screening the documentary, they pulled four Chinese films set to screen, then threatened organizers. Richard Moore, head of the Melbourne International Film Festival, told reporters, "Hey, we're a independent arts organization and it's our program!"

Moore went on to say there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors trying to gain access to the site for the last 10 days. He also said police were investigating the matter.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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