Hackers deface DPP's Web site

AFP AND DPA , Taipei

Wed, Jun 23, 2004 - Page 4

Suspected Chinese hackers have attacked the website of Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), officials said yesterday.

The party's homepage was replaced with pro-China pictures and digitally altered images of Chen and his Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), a DPP official said.

One photo shows a Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier aiming his rifle at a target while another shows two men raising the Chinese national flag.

Another picture shows Chen's head transposed onto the body of a man clad in traditional Japanese costume of kimono while Lu was transplanted onto a nude woman.

The hacker also wrote "I'm proud of being a Chinese and a Chinese veteran" in Chinese.

The DPP has temporarily closed the website. The opposition Kuomintang Party website suffered a similar attack in May.

"The hackers have attacked our website for two weeks in a row, and we are seeking help from relevant authorities to stop such an attack," said Chung Chia-ping, deputy secretary-general of the DPP.

But he said no damage was found in the website's data bank.