The Chinese website of the Central Tibetan Administration (click here at your own peril) has been hacked, and is infecting visitors’ computers with spyware and viruses, according to the South China Morning Post. The website, which aims at “Restoring Freedom for Tibetans,” may have been targeted in an attempt to monitor human rights activists involved with Tibet.
SCMP interviewed Kurt Baumgartner of Kaspersky Lab (a large internet security firm) and reports:
Technical evidence suggests the group behind the campaign was also responsible for previous breaches on that site as well as attacks on groups that focus on human rights in Asia, Baumgartner said. […]
Baumgartner said that the Chinese-language site of the Central Tibetan Administration, which is the official organ of the Dali Lama’s government in exile, has been under constant attack from the same group of hackers since 2011, though breaches have been quietly identified and repaired before garnering significant attention.
“They have been trying repeatedly to find vulnerabilities in the site,” he said.
In other words, if you are going to get involved with Tibetan independence movements in China, you will be relentlessly monitored and spied upon, and that’s not exactly breaking news.