A few days ago I circulated an email from a family friend at Cornell, which contained a reference to a Chinese student at Duke being threatened by other Chinese students for joining the “pro-Tibetan” protest (according to reports, she was in fact trying to bring the two sides to talk to each other). Her personal information was posted on the local CSS (Chinese Students and Scholars) association server, as were the details of the Tibetan man who snatched the torch from paralympic athlete Jin Jing in Paris (apparently this was a case of mistaken identity).
The Duke story has in fact made it to The New York Times. Roland Soong’s EastSouthWestNorth blog has a compilation of these and other cases of what he calls “human flesh search engines” (or maybe this is the accepted term on the Chinese internet)? I write about “Internet hunts” on this site in the Internet in China and Iron Blood chapters.