[ISN] PRC surfers hack into DPP Web site

From: William Knowles (wk@private)
Date: Wed Jun 23 2004 - 03:57:29 PDT

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    http://www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2004/06/23/1087958173.htm
    
    By Wang Chung-ming 
    2004-06-23 
    Taiwan News
    Staff Reporter
    
    Democratic Progressive Party officials yesterday confirmed that
    hackers, believed to have originated in the People's Republic of
    China, recently attacked the home page of the party's official Web
    site.
    
    On Monday night, the DPP home page was replaced with a picture
    described as the "inauguration portrait" of President Chen Shui-bian
    () and Vice President Annette Lu (fq).
    
    In the picture, the two politicians are frontally nude with Japanese
    kimonos draped over their backs. The picture is framed with the
    slogans, "Overthrow A-bian" and "Oppose Taiwan Independence."
    
    Another picture posted on the DPP home page portrayed a Chinese
    soldier who is taking aim as he prepares to shoot a rifle, with a
    caption that reads: "I am proud of being Chinese as well as a brave
    Chinese senior soldier."
    
    Paralyzed by this latest wave of hacking, the DPP computer system was
    temporarily shut off and no data was thought to have been leaked,
    according to the DPP information security department.
    
    DPP Cultural and Information Department Deputy Director Lee Shi-ming
    said the party's Web site would be restored today, as DPP headquarters
    was closed yesterday for the Dragon Boat Festival.
    
    Chung Chia-bin, DPP deputy secretary-general, added that his party had
    notified the National Information and Communication Security Task
    Force to ask for help following the hacker attacks.
    
    The Cabinet-level NICST is responsible for monitoring all computer
    systems of Taiwan government agencies or major private companies,
    especially with an eye to preventing the PRC from engaging in
    cyber-warfare exercises.
    
    The People's Liberation Army is believed to be placing great emphasis
    on cyberspace attacks that intend paralyze the computer operations of
    strategic targets as part of an effort to "decapitate" Taiwan in a
    shock attack.
    
    The DPP is among the organizations monitored regularly by NICST, Chung
    said, who noted that China's attacks against the party are on the
    rise.
    
    "We often detect that DPP Web sites - including those of the central
    headquarters and local branches - have been attacked by hackers,"  
    Chung said. "But this week has seen a trend where the hacking has been
    intensified."
    
    In recent years, PRC hacker threats toward Taiwan have often been
    intensive campaigns, launched in retaliation against local political
    moves opposed by Beijing.
    
    In May 2003, for example, when activists enthusiastically campaigned
    for the rectification of Taiwan's name, a hacker's Web site in China
    threatened to hack into the official Web sites of Taiwanese government
    agencies for 11 days to retaliate against the country's
    pro-independence activities.
    
    Taiwan recently completed a computer-simulated war game and may
    coordinate these exercises with the United States and Japan in the
    future in an effort to enhance its information technology
    capabilities.
    
    But China is now gearing up for large-scale military exercises which
    are to take place in June and July on Dongshan Island in southeastern
    Fujian Province just 150 nautical miles west of Taiwan's Penghu
    Islands, with the goal of the games being to "take control of the
    Taiwan Strait." It is believed that cyber warfare will be part of the
    exercises.
      
    
    
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