News / Asia

Tibetan Government-in-Exile Website Hacked

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks before members of the Japanese parliament, at the upper house members' office building in Tokyo, November 13, 2012.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks before members of the Japanese parliament, at the upper house members' office building in Tokyo, November 13, 2012.
VOA News
The Chinese-language version of the website of the Tibetan government-in-exile has returned to normal after being hacked and infected with a computer virus.
 
The computer security firm Kapersky Lab says evidence indicates the site was attacked by the same group that has been targeting human rights groups based in Asia.
 
In a blog post, Kapersky Lab security expert Kurt Baumgartner calls the virus a "watering hole" attack that transmits malicious code onto the computers of those who visit the site. He adds that a few of the systems attacked with the code are located in China and the United States.
 
The editor of the Chinese-language version of the site site, Sangye Kyab, told VOA's Tibetan service that it is now safe to visit the website.
 
"Our computer center and relevant experts worked together and they’ve just told me that the virus is now removed," said Sangye.
 
The English and Tibetan language versions of the website were not affected by the attack.
 
The development has raised the possibility that Beijing may be attempting to monitor the movements of Tibetan activists and others who visit the website.
 
A spokesman for the Central Tibetan Administration, Tashi Phuntsok, said the source of the latest attack has not been identified. But he added that most previous cyber attacks have originated in China, where authorities view the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama as a violent separatist.
 
Sangye Kyab says placing blame should wait until an investigation of the matter is completed.
 
"The Chinese language [version of the] website of the Central Tibetan Administration carries stories about  the Tibetan Administration, the situation inside Tibet as well as the international Tibetan movement. It is not a company website. So, the Chinese government is the one that doesn’t like it. But until the investigation is complete, I can’t accuse Chinese government," said Sangye.
 
The Tibetan spiritual leader has lived in Dharamsala, India, since fleeing his homeland after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. From there, the now 78-year-old Dalai Lama and the government-in-exile have been pushing for greater autonomy in Tibet.
 
This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA’s Tibetan Service.

You May Like

Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid