Hong Kong (CNN)The website of a major political party in Taiwan has been targeted by Chinese hackers looking to spy on its visitors.
According to cybersecurity firm FireEye, the website of the Democratic Progressive Party — whose leader, Tsai Ing-wen, was recently inaugurated as President of Taiwan — was compromised and replaced with a spoofed site that collected data on users for several days last month.
“FireEye believes this operation likely reflects continued efforts by China-based cyber espionage operators to collect intelligence related to the DPP as it moves Taiwan away from pro-mainland China policies,” FireEye said in a statement.
The DPP did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Relations between Taiwan — officially the Republic of China — and the People’s Republic of China have been increasingly tense since the landslide election of Tsai, whose party has traditionally leaned in favor of formal independence from China.
Last month, Tsai — the island’s first female president — was subject to bizarre attack in state-run Chinese media, saying that as an unmarried, childless woman, she was unfit for her role.
The op-ed was later deleted after intense criticism from commentators in Taiwan and China, though not before it sparked a debate over widespread sexism in Chinese state media.
Chinese hackers target Taiwan political party to spy on website visitors