Several websites of government institutions in Taiwan were targeted by DDoS attacks on Tuesday. Some websites, including those of the Taiwanese president, were taken offline as a result.
The government of Taiwan reports Facebook that several government websites were the target of a DDoS attack on Tuesday. According to the Taiwanese government, some websites received 200 times as much traffic as normal. The government writes that the attack comes from outside Taiwan.
The ddos attack comes amid rising tensions between China, Taiwan and the United States. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan on Tuesday in what China sees as a provocation. China rejects a visit and according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense, the army has been put on a state of readiness.
China is therefore being looked at for DDoS attacks. According to Reuters think security researchers that it was probably not the Chinese government, but “hacktivists” from China acting on their own initiative. The websites are now back online.