Official website of Democratic Progressive Party hacked

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Taipei, July 3 (CNA) The official website of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was hacked Tuesday with the hackers posting phrases about President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in simplified Chinese characters on the homepage, a party spokesperson said.

DPP spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said the party's website is a frequent target for malicious attacks by hackers especially during and in the run up to elections.

The phrases included "Chinese netizens support the re-election of President Tsai Ing-wen" and "Tsai Ing-wen, we Chinese netizens love you."

The website has since been taken down and was not back online at press time.

Simplified Chinese characters are officially used in China, whereas traditional Chinese characters are currently used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

With many observers focused on the use of simplified Chinese characters in the attack, she said the DPP will conduct an in-depth investigation to determine whether it was part of a systemic attack conducted by China.

The DPP strongly condemns such actions, she added.

Information and cyber-security are global issues and the DPP will upgrade its security, she noted.

In wake of the attack, the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) issued a press release calling for the strengthening of security on all government agency websites. This includes military, economic and intelligence agencies which need to be particularly vigilant in protecting the confidential personal information of citizens, the statement added.

It is the responsibility of the government to prevent these websites from being hacked, the statement said.

The KMT respects freedom of speech but it should not be expressed through illegal means, the KMT added.

(By Lee Shu-hua, Lu Hsin-hui and William Yen)

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