Thursday, 21 April 2011

Under Attack by Chinese Hackers, Asks Supporters of Ai Weiwei to Tweet Sec. Clinton for Help | the blog

Despite a highly sophisticated Chinese cyber attack on, the world’s fastest-growing social action platform, the U.S. State Department has yet to condemn the attack.

Chinese hackers temporarily brought down earlier this week after more than 90,000 people in 175 countries endorsed an online call for the release of internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, an increasingly outspoken critic of the Chinese government.

The ongoing cyber attack is targeting, the world’s fastest-growing social action platform. It follows the viral success of a petition calling for Ai Weiwei’s release by leading global art museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate Modern, London, as well as the Association of Art Museum Directors. issued a formal request for urgent assistance to both the FBI and U.S. State Department’s Bureau of East Asian Pacific Affairs within hours of the attack. But the U.S. State Department, has yet to issue a public condemnation of the attack, despite worldwide coverage of the attacks, including in The Guardian, Reuters, Mashable, El Mundo, Bloomberg, AFP, Yahoo News and Al-Jazeera.

We need your help! Please join us in calling on the U.S. State Department to publicly condemn the attacks by tweeting this:

.@statedept, condemn Chinese hacker attack on @guggenheim’s @change campaign to free Ai Weiwei @aiww: #freeaiww

This aim of this online attack originating in China is to prevent the lawful, democratic organizing of American citizens.

“ is about empowering anyone, anywhere to start, join, and win campaigns about the issues they care about, and we do not intend to stop this campaign or the hundreds of other campaigns because of this attack,” said Ben Rattray, the founder of “We need your support. Please ask the U.S. State Department to condemn the attacks on by Chinese hackers.”

The U.S. government’s reaction to previous Chinese attacks on U.S. companies like Google is to investigate and condemn them.

“ is experiencing an ongoing, highly sophisticated denial of service attack originating in China which is clearly in response to the viral success of a campaign by leading global art museums to free China’s most famous artist,” Rattray said. “In the past, the U.S. State Department has aggressively gone to bat for U.S. companies attacked from hackers in China.” is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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Photo: Marc Nozell