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Website of exiled Tibetan government hacked: Report
April 13, 2008 22:17 IST
The official website of the Tibetan government-in-exile in India has crashed after an attack by unidentified hackers, Tibetan media reports said on Sunday.
The website, www.tibet.net, offered "page cannot be displayed" or if surfed from within the United states, takes the person to pages of web hosting service providers like bluehost.com that says, "there is no website configured at his address. You are seeing this page because there is nothing configured for the site you have requested."
The hacked website, built eight years ago, is the on-line platform of the exiled Tibetan government's press releases, and official news reports. It crashed on April 11.
Tibetan exiles said they did not know who had hacked into the website but said they suspected it could be the Chinese, the report said.
The development comes amid media reports that some computer servers of the Ministry of External Affairs were attacked, apparently by Chinese hackers.
The website carried anti-Chinese statements since March 10, when Beijing [Images] ordered a crackdown on the worst riots since 1989, which erupted in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, a popular Tibetan website, Phayul.com said.
However, Kalsang Rinchen, a former editor of the website, told Phayul that he did not see any anti-China statements on the website. There were appeals to stop killings in Tibet [Images] and allow free access to media.
Rinchen said the site strictly operated within the exile government's policy of 'middle way' approach of seeking dialogue with China.