Hackers Send Trojans to DPP Computers

In China, hackers have been distributing e-mails containing Trojan virus to the local branches of DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) and other people. The e-mail posed to be from the DPP Chairman, said the Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice.

The virus-laden e-mails went out to DPP regional offices in Pingtung County, Tainan County, Keelung and Hsinchu City and to 11 different persons. The sender of the e-mails was apparently Yu Shyi-kun, the DPP Chairman.

The subject line of the e-mail read that Chairman Yu: Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and Communist Party have joined together to imperil Taiwan. The message talks about China's achievement in its development, the country's anti-satellite missiles tests, and how KMT boycotted the DPP's official budget. Hackers sent the e-mails from info@dpp.org.tw, an e-mail address of DPP.

Finding the attack unusual, the Investigation bureau said that it suspected Chinese authorities behind it with some political motive. From the past some years, the government of China has tried to employ computer technology to spy on Taiwan, reported the bureau. However, DPP branch offices have been warned not to view e-mails that displayed the above subject title and the aforementioned e-mail id.

Director of DPP's department of culture and information, Super Meng, said that the incident was a lesson for the party and has cautioned all its workers to be vigilant of computer hacking. taipeitimes published the news on July 22, 2007.

Hacking attacks have occurred on DPP regional branches earlier too. Three years back, in June, DPP's official Website suffered hackers' assault on its home page. The attackers replaced the page with a photo of President Chen Shuibian and Vice President Annettu Lu and labeled it the "inauguration portrait".

The picture showed the duo nude in the front with Japanese Kimonos covering their backs. The picture's frame had slogans like "Oppose Taiwan Independence" and "Overthrow A-bian".

Another picture defacing the home page depicted a Chinese soldier setting his aim before getting ready to shoot a rifle. The picture portrayed a caption saying that the soldier was proud to be a Chinese and a courageous senior Chinese soldier.

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