Anonymous Shuts Down Chinese Government Sites Hackers punish officials for Internet crackdowns By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Apr 5, 2012 2:47 AM CDT Updated Apr 5, 2012 3:08 AM CDT 1 comment Comments Anonymous hackers: back at work. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Anonymous hackers are boasting that they shut down Chinese government web sites. A number of government sites were still not working today, and marked with error messages as officials scramble to get sites back up, reports AP. A message from Anonymous on one of the hacked sites indicated the Chinese government was being attacked because of imposed Internet restrictions. Another possible target of Anonymous could soon be Pastebin, a favorite site, ironically, of hackers, who share information there. Pastebin's founder is looking for help removing sensitive information from the share site, and Anonymous has blasted the move as censorship, reports ZDNet.