Taiwan has denounced this Thursday the hacking of TV screens at several chain stores and government facilities this Wednesday in coincidence with the presence on the island of the president of the Chamber of US Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who has been the target of insults on public digital screens.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau considers that it has been cyberattacks from unknown Internet IP addresses and investigates the origin of the incident, according to the official Taiwanese agency CNA.
On the digital screens of several stores of the 7-Eleven chain, messages of “Pelosi, brawler, leave Taiwan” have appeared, which according to those responsible for the company came from outside their system.
The same thing happened at the Xinzuoying train station in Kaohsiung and at a municipal office in Jushan (downtown), where the message seen on billboards referred to her as the “old witch.”
The Taiwan Railway Administration has temporarily shut down these screens and remains vigilant to prevent further attacks on its ticketing system and train schedule information screens.
The affected companies used software Chinese
The director of the National Communications Commission of Taiwan, Chen Yaw-shyang, has assured that preliminary investigations have determined that the companies affected by the attack used Chinese software in their digital display systems. Thus, it is considered that said software could contain “back doors” or other channels that would have made them vulnerable to this type of intrusion.
The incidents come a day after Taiwan’s Presidency website was temporarily down due to an external cyberattack.
All this has occurred in the midst of the controversy over Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which was not officially announced and has provoked the outrage of the Chinese government, which is responding with trade sanctions on the island and a large display of military maneuvers in its surrounding waters.