A massive hacker attack has crippled an overseas website that has reported extensively on China’s biggest political turmoil in years,underscoring the pivotal role the Internet has played in the unfolding scandal.
North Carolina-based Boxun.com was forced to move to a new web hosting service Friday after its previous host said the attacks were threatening its entire business,website manager Watson Meng told The Associated Press. He believes the attacks were ordered by China’s security services,but it isn’t clear where they were launched from.
The assaults on Boxun’s server followed days of reporting on Bo Xilai,formerly one of the country’s most powerful politicians,who was fired as head of the mega-city of Chongqing and suspended from the Communist Party’s powerful Politburo amid accusations of his wife’s involvement in the murder of a British businessman.
The scandal has deeply embarrassed Communist Party leaders obsessed with controlling their image and imposing strict secrecy over their inner workings.