A VIRUS has attacked the internet connections and email accounts of dozens of Australian Tibetan activists as senior Chinese politician and Tibet negotiator Jia Qinglin arrived in Australia for talks.
The affected activists, including the Dalai Lama’s representative in Australia, Sonam Dagpo, say they suspect the Chinese government’s involvement, and have reported the matter to the federal police.
The attacks came as the Australia Tibet Council called on Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to raise the issue of Tibetan independence with Mr Jia, who arrived on Tuesday night for a five-day stay. Mr Rudd’s office last night confirmed he would raise Tibet with Mr Jia.
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Jigme Dorjee, the head of the Tibetan Community of Australia (NSW), said someone hacked into his email account on Tuesday night and sent an email to all on his mailing lists. The email purported to be from Mr Dorjee and claimed he was overseas and needed money urgently.
Dozens of people who received the email have since experienced problems with their internet connections and email accounts.
When asked who he thought was responsible for the hacking, Mr Dorjee said China.
”That’s what I think, because around the world Tibetans are a problem for the [Chinese] government.”
Last year a Canadian research paper outlined a large and well-resourced cyber spying network that primarily targeted the Tibetan exile community.