A prominent computer security firm has warned that the Dalai Lama's Chinese-language website has been compromised and is infecting visitors' computers with malicious software that could be used for spying on them.
Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters that he is advising web surfers to stay away from the Central Tibetan Administration's Chinese-language site until the organization fixes the bug.
He said he believes the group behind the campaign was also behind previous breaches on the site which have gone unreported as well as attacks on websites belonging to groups that focus on human rights in Asia.
Officials with the Office of Tibet in New York could not be reached for comment. That office houses the Dalai Lama's official representative to the United States.
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Baumgartner said that the Chinese-language site of the Central Tibetan Administration, which is the official organ of the Dalai Lama's government in exile, has been under constant attack from one group of hackers since 2011, though breaches have been quietly identified and repaired before garnering public attention.
"They have been trying repeatedly to find vulnerabilities in the site," he said.