China State-linked Microblog Service Hacked at Launch (Updated with Screenshots)

From PCWorld:

A Twitter-style service offered by a government-linked news site in China was hacked and has since gone offline, according to screenshots posted on the Web.

A microblog service launched Tuesday by the Web site of the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party, added to the growing number of Twitter-style services offered in China but became inaccessible by Wednesday. Screenshots posted in Chinese online forums showed the service before it went offline bombarding visitors with a set of pop-up messages apparently added by a hacker.

Some were satirical notes about the state-run newspaper or the “Great Firewall of China,” an informal name for the set of Internet controls China uses to block Web sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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