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Date of Incident: August 07, 2022

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):National Taiwan University

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Taiwan 

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On August 7, 2022, an outside group hacked the computers of the National Taiwan University’s Offices of Academic Affairs and Research and Development, causing the home pages of the two offices to display the message “There is only one China in the world.”

The cyber attack occurred against the backdrop of a series of such attacks following a visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, the United States Speaker of the House of Representatives. A group of Chinese hackers known as APT27 took responsibility for the attack, and threatened similar actions in the future. In response, Taiwanese authorities said they had increased security measures.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about attacks on university infrastructure, including technological infrastructure, in order to exert political pressure on the university or the state. Such actions undermine academic freedom and university autonomy, and harm the ability of universities to perform their essential academic functions.