Bloomberg on August 2, citing sources familiar with the matter, said that the website of the Taiwan leader’s office was hacked from abroad, but the status was soon restored.

Xavier Chang, a spokesman for Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen, said that at 5:15 p.m. on August 2 (local time), the office’s website was attacked by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, causing traffic. traffic increased 200 times compared to normal days, causing the website to crash in 20 minutes. The website was then back to normal.

The cyber attack took place at a sensitive time when Taiwanese media reported that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might visit the island on the evening of August 2. The Liberty Times (Taiwan) reported that Ms. Pelosi is scheduled to visit the Taiwanese legislature on the morning of August 3 before continuing her Asia tour.

To Trinh Xuong, head of Taiwan’s administrative agency, reaffirmed that Taiwan “warmly welcomes” foreign guests.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives waves to reporters during his visit to the Malaysian parliament building on August 2. Photo: AP. 

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Taipei “will make the most appropriate arrangements” for the guests and respect their plans, he said.

China has repeatedly warned the US will have to “pay the price” if Speaker of the House Pelosi visits Taiwan. The White House on August 1 criticized Beijing’s comments, saying it did not want to deepen tensions with China.

US-China tensions over the Taiwan issue escalated during Ms. Pelosi’s Asia tour. The US, Chinese and Taiwanese militaries are all put on high alert, according to the South China Morning Post.