Saturday, 4 June 2016

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Mainland hackers were likely to be behind an attack on the website of Taiwan’s ruling party, a US-based security firm said Thursday, as the island warns of growing cyber threats.

Cross-strait relations have turned increasingly frosty since Taiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen of the China-skeptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won elections in January and took office last month, with Beijing wary the new government may seek independence.

Taiwan has been self-ruling since the two sides split in 1949 after a civil war — but China still sees it as part of its territory.

The party’s website came under attack in early April, redirecting visitors to a fake website, California-based FireEye said in a statement Thursday.

The tactic is one often used by Chinese hackers, it said.

Administrators fixed the problem the next day but the website was compromised again a few days later, suggesting the site is being monitored, according to the statement.

“FireEye believes this operation likely reflects continued efforts by China-based cyber espionage operators to collect intelligence related to the DPP as it moves Taiwan away from pro-mainland China policies,” it said.

The government has raised concerns that its websites frequently fall prey to Chinese hackers.

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