Foreign Ministry reports cyberattacks continue to try to crash websites

TAIPEI, Aug 5 (CNA) Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Friday that a cyberattack aimed at taking down the ministry’s website first reported similar activity three days before a visit to Taiwan. By comparison, it said it had doubled in the last 24 hours. By Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joan Ou said the ministry detected a “massive” distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against its website on Thursday and Friday mornings. minute.

These attacks caused websites to take a long time to load or become temporarily inaccessible before an “emergency” intervention returned operations to normal.

A DDoS is a denial attack in which an attacker overloads a website with requests for information and prevents other users from accessing the website.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs first reported a rise in similar cyberattacks against its website and other government portals on Tuesday, with IP addresses linked to China and Russia accessing the relevant website up to 8.5 million times per minute. said I tried.

As a result, the websites of both the presidential office and the defense ministry were temporarily taken offline, according to an official statement.

Also on Friday, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) said its website and those of related government agencies, including the National Airborne Forces and the administration of three national parks, experienced slow page loading times around the scheduled 8:15 am. said. For DDoS attacks.

The statement said the attack appeared to have originated from overseas, without elaborating, and that MOI had taken appropriate steps to ensure that all affected websites were working properly by 10:45 a.m. added.

At a Cabinet press conference on Friday afternoon, Cabinet spokesperson Luo Bingcheng said that cyberattacks on several government agencies in the past few days did not pose a cybersecurity threat to Taiwan.

Attacks that crashed government websites or replaced content on those websites did not affect normal operations of government agencies, Lo said.

There are more serious types of cyberattacks, such as hacking into government systems to steal sensitive information, Lo said, adding that such incidents have not occurred as a result of the government’s cybersecurity capabilities.

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