Chinese Hackers Take Down YouTube Home Page

March 25, 2010 · 1 Comment 

Word has it that Chinese hackers have successfully hacked the YouTube home page and taken it down. The search giant Google has not issued any official statement regarding this, but the rumor is that this is done in retaliation against Google’s recent declaration of war against China. If YouTube is down for you, you are likely seeing an Error 500 Internal Server which says “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable”.

As many of you know, Google recently stopped cooperating with the Chinese government and is no longer censoring its searches in China. In January, Google has revealed that the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists were targeted last December in a hacking attempt. That has convinced the search company to stop censoring results China and go against the Chinese government wishes.

Anonymous sources close to the Chinese government claim the YouTube hack is meant as a warning — a display of power — and other Google websites could be next. The source hints that Google Maps could be next, in a move that “would change the face of the earth”, suggesting that the maps themselves could be modified to fit China’s world view.

Since Google has not released an official statement about the issue and given it seems it is not a global YouTube outage, it might or it might not be a cyber attack on Google. Let us know if YouTube works for you, and stay tuned cause we’ll let you know as soon as Google releases a statement!

UPDATE: YouTube is now up!

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One Response to “Chinese Hackers Take Down YouTube Home Page”
  1. Karen says:

    Oh dear! Google 0, Chinese government 1.

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