Hackers attack exiled Tibet government website

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NEW DELHI – Hackers have attacked the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Chinese-language website with an unidentified virus, making the portal inaccessible, an official spokesman told AFP Tuesday.

“Our office cannot access the website and we are trying to figure out what kind of virus is responsible for the problem,” Tashi Phuntsok, spokesman for the exiled government based in the north Indian town of Dharamshala, told AFP.

Tibet.net is the official site of the exiled government, whose spiritual head is the Dalai Lama. It covers the parliament, cabinet, administrative departments, and public offices.

Hackers have taken down the English, Tibetan and Chinese versions of the website several times in the past, according to Phuntsok.

“We are a prominent target for attacks by Chinese hackers,” he said.

He could not confirm when the hackers had struck or if spying software had been installed on the computers and laptops of users trying to log on to the website.

Kurt Baumgartner, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab, a global manufacturer of antivirus software based in Moscow, detected the attack late Tuesday and said the website had been “strategically compromised” as a result.

Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama’s spokesman, told AFP that the 78-year-old spiritual leader’s official website www.dalailama.com continued to function normally.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet following a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. He later founded the government in exile in Dharamshala after being offered refuge by India.

China vilifies the Dalai Lama as a “separatist” who incites violence in Tibet, while the Dalai Lama insists his sole focus is a peaceful campaign for greater autonomy for his homeland.

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  • hustlergalore

    China vilifies the Dalai Lama as a “separatist” who incites violence in Tibet, while the Dalai Lama insists his sole focus is a peaceful campaign for greater autonomy for his homeland.

    – footang iney ney na tsina. hindi totoo yan! tsina na pumatay ng mga tibetan buddhist monkss. kaya nga lumarga si pareng dalai lama, kasi alam niyang papatayin siya.

  • hustlergalore

    mayroon bang ibang bansa na kaaway ang tibet bukod sa tsina?

    hindi naman halata, kayo talaga!

  • jhujaejyt

    Ano na ang decision ng Dep-ed? …. kung gagamiting ang mga idinonate ng China na mga computers?

    • s1ck0fit4ll

      palitan na lang ng kung anong NIC, lagyan ng linux at i-harden

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Communist China no doubt about it.

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