Three official Taiwanese government websites experienced cyberattacks on Tuesday before the visit by the American House speaker, Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, the agencies said.
The official website of Taiwan’s presidential office was attacked around 5 p.m., according to a statement from the office, several hours before Ms. Pelosi’s landing. The site’s traffic shot up to 200 times that of a normal day, leaving the website unable to display any content for 20 minutes. It resumed normal operation after the problems were fixed, according to the statement.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry website and the main portal website for Taiwan’s government also experienced cyberattacks on Tuesday, according to Joanne Ou, spokeswoman for Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry. Early Wednesday, the websites appeared to have resumed operation, though Ms. Ou said they were still fixing the problems.
Historically, Taiwanese websites — particularly those of the governing Democratic Progressive Party — have been targeted by Chinese hackers at critical moments, like elections and crises. Although it was not clear whether the outages were connected to Ms. Pelosi’s trip, analysts have warned that China might use cyberattacks to signal its displeasure over the visit.
A spokesman for the Presidential Office said it would continue to strengthen its monitoring and ensure the security and stable operation of major infrastructure in the face of the “continued compound information operations by foreign forces.”