US Website Covering China’s Bo Xilai Scandal Hacked
A US-based Chinese-language website that has reported extensively on the Bo Xilai scandal in China says it was crippled for several hours by a concerted hacking attack.
The Boxun website had to move to a new webhost after the denial-of-service attack on Friday, its manager said.
Boxun has reported for several weeks on the scandal surrounding Bo Xilai.
Mr Bo was removed from key political posts as his wife was investigated for the murder of a British businessman.
Boxun’s original webhost, Name.com, told the Associated Press news agency that the hack was one of the biggest in the company’s history.
It reportedly followed an emailed threat that it would be attacked if it did not disable the site.
It is not clear who launched the attacks, but the manager of Boxun.com, Watson Meng, was quoted as saying he believed they were ordered by China’s security services.
A denial-of-service attack involves hackers paralysing a website by bombarding it with enquiries.
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