Several websites of Taiwanese government agencies have been hacked in the past few days. The attacks happened at the same time as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan.
The hacked websites belong to important agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Defense, Taoyuan International Airport, the Taiwan Railway Administration, and the Taiwan Electric Company.
According to Taiwan News, attacks have spiked since August 2, the day Pelosi began her visit to Taiwan. Several attacks emanated from Chinese and Russian authorities.
However, the hacked websites were only temporarily affected and were quickly back up and running as Taiwanese government agencies were prepared for the situation.
CNA reported that Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang (唐鳳) said that traffic to government websites on Tuesday increased 23 times compared to normal. However, the problems were resolved promptly.
In a related development, shortly after Pelosi arrived in Taiwan, Global Times, the China Communist Party’s mouthpiece, released a report that China’s military would begin exercises in six regions around Taiwan from August 4 to 7.
There have been concerns that the CCP may use Pelosi’s visit as a pretext to invade the island.
However, opinion has it that factions within the China Communist Party (CCP) are prioritizing internal fighting to compete for power in the approaching 20th Congress. Therefore, the CCP will only stop at threatening actions.
This opinion is consistent with that of Guermantes Lailari’s, former lieutenant colonel of the United States Air Force (USAF).
Lailari said, “President Xi would make a foolish mistake to start a war now, especially when the U.S. and allies are at a heightened state of alert.”
The retired lieutenant colonel added, “He [Xi Jinping] might launch some missiles, launch a large number of military aircraft, and some other symbolic actions, but not a war.”