Cyberattacks crashed the website of Taiwan's Defense Ministry and paralyzed its service not long after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrapped up her visit to the Chinese-claimed island on Wednesday.
The ministry said that it was working with government agencies to strengthen surveillance of cyberattacks and safeguard its overall information security.
The digital signage systems of government facilities and convenience stores, including those of 7-Eleven stores, were also compromised.
The TRA immediately disabled the screens, which it claimed were handled by another company for advertising purposes, and increased its monitoring of the ticketing system.
Messages like "Warmonger Pelosi get out of Taiwan" appeared on the television screens of various 7-Eleven branches in Taiwan on Wednesday.
Chen Yaw-shyang, chairman of the National Communications Commission, said that some affected companies used Chinese software in their digital signage systems, which may contain malware that makes them susceptible to hacks.
The executive branch, led by Premier Su Tseng-chang, had previously urged the government to implement measures to counter the digital security risks posed by foreign cyberattacks and help industries cope with the impacts.
Pelosi's Visit Angers BeijingChina's ruling communists were irate at Pelosi for stopping at Taiwan during her Asia trip, which also included Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan. The Chinese regime claims Taiwan as a part of its territory and opposes governments and international organizations interacting or forming ties with Taiwanese officials, as such actions suggest that the island is a de facto nation-state.
The regime in Beijing is so displeased with Pelosi’s Taiwan visit that China’s vice foreign minister, Xie Feng, summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns late on Aug. 2. According to China’s state-run media outlets, Xie said the United States will “pay the price” for its “mistakes” of allowing her to visit the island.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense condemned China for holding military drills around Taiwan, saying that the moves “threaten” Taiwan’s ports and urban areas and “undermine regional peace and stability.”