Anonymous hits government
Beijing was struggling yesterday to restore several government Web sites that international hacking group Anonymous said it attacked in a protest against Internet restrictions. On a Twitter account established last month, Anonymous listed the Web sites it said it hacked over the past few days. They include government bureaus in several cities, including in Chengdu. Some of the sites were still blocked yesterday, with error messages shown. Some Web sites that Anonymous said it attacked were working yesterday and government officials denied the sites were ever hacked. The National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team was not available for immediate comment. In a message left on one of the hacked Chinese sites, the hackers expressed anger with the Chinese government for restrictions placed on the Internet: “Dear Chinese government, you are not infallible, today Web sites are hacked, tomorrow it will be your vile regime that will fall,” the English-language message read.
PM rejects xenophobic talk
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍) warned against growing anti-immigrant sentiment inflamed by a Chinese student’s insults, telling his countrymen yesterday to avoid stereotypes and not feel resentment toward foreigners. Sun Xu (孫旭), a student from China who was on a government scholarship, was fined last month by the National University of Singapore for calling the city-state’s citizens “dogs” on his blog. Sun apologized, but was ordered to do three months of community service and had his scholarship revoked. “We should not because of one incident make that into an issue, that all immigrants are like that, or that all Singaporeans should feel like that toward non-Singaporeans,” the prime minister said in an interview on state-owned Channel NewsAsia.
Dolphins ordered released
A court has ordered the release of five illegally captured dolphins which starred in a show on the holiday island of Jeju, a court official said yesterday. The court on Wednesday also fined the company staging the show 10 million won (US$9,000) and passed suspended jail sentences on its president and an employee, the Jeju District Court spokesman said. The government plans to release the dolphins into the ocean unless the court ruling is overturned on appeal. Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said that between 2009 and August 2010 the company purchased 11 dolphins for 7 million to 10 million won each, without reporting the plan to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Five died and one was exchanged for two sea lions from a zoo.
Cargo ship owner fined
Wellington has filed charges against the owners of a cargo ship that ran aground on a reef six months ago, creating what authorities described as the country’s worst maritime environmental disaster. Maritime New Zealand yesterday charged Daina Shipping with discharging harmful substances from the vessel Rena. The charge carries a maximum fine of NZ$600,000 (US$489,000) plus another NZ$10,000 for each day the offence continues. The Rena ran aground on Oct. 5 last year on the Astrolabe reef near Tauranga, spilling 400 tonnes of fuel oil and killing at least 2,000 sea birds. In January, the wreck split in two. Last month, a preliminary report by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission found that when it crashed, the Rena was taking short cuts to try to reach port by a deadline.