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China's police detain suspect in alleged hacking of cable TV to air Tiananmen photos

Published on Aug 28, 2014 8:43 PM
 
One of the iconic images of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, which shows “tank man”, a young bag-carrying student who stopped a column of tanks heading towards the square in June 1989. The Chinese police said on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014, that they have detained a suspect in connection with the alleged hacking of a Chinese cable television service after it broadcast censored Tiananmen crackdown pictures and messages condemning the ruling Communist Party. -- PHOTO: WILLIE PHUA

BEIJING (AFP) - The Chinese police said on Thursday they have detained a suspect in connection with the alleged hacking of a Chinese cable television service after it broadcast censored Tiananmen crackdown pictures and messages condemning the ruling Communist Party.

Police in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou, where the suspected hacking took place on the evening of Aug 1, said a 40-year-old IT engineer surnamed Wang was detained at Beijing's international airport on Aug 16.

Further investigation is under way, Wenzhou police said on their verified social media account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. No explanation was given for the delay in announcing the details of Wang's detainment.

At the time of the apparent hacking, viewers in Wenzhou had used social media to post images of television slogans referring to the Communist party as "bandits", and photographs of the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.

 
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