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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taiwanese, Chinese Fight 'Cyber Wars' on Web Sites

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A cyber war has erupted between Taiwanese and Chinese computer hackers lending support to their governments' battle for sovereignty over Taiwan.

A Taiwanese hacked into a Chinese high-tech Internet site Monday, planting on its web page a red and blue Taiwanese national flag as well as an anti-Communist slogan: "Reconquer, Reconquer, Reconquer the Mainland." A Chinese ra ilroad web site and a securities web site were hacked into in a similar way.

The hacking received widespread local publicity, attracting numerous Taiwanese who logged on to see the pro-Taiwan messages.

An Associated Press reporter logged on and found the Taiwanese symbols and slogans. But it was not immediately possible to determine who had done the hacking or even whether all the sites mentioned were legitimate mainland Chinese sites.

The web attacks came one day after several Taiwanese government and academic web sites were hacked into by the Chinese, with their web pages erased and replaced by slogans stressing China's sovereignty over Taiwan and warning the island against splitting the motherland.

The hackers' war followed an exchange of angry words on web sites by Taiwanese and Chinese following Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui's controversial claim last month that China must deal with Taiwan on a "state-to-state'' basis.

It prompted Taiwan's Defense Ministry to reiterate that its war command system is well protected and could not be invaded by hackers.

Lin Fu-jen, a Taiwanese computer expert, said Taiwanese hackers, some of whom have written widely damaging computer viruses, are more capable of wreaking havoc on China's computer systems.