TAIPEI, Taiwan — The South Korea-based Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU) has apparently blocked Internet Protocol (IP) addresses originating in Taiwan after Taiwanese hackers invaded its website in response to a controversial article posted there, according to local netizens. In a posting on Monday by a local netizen titled “We have all been duped,” the writer said it was not true that the ATU website, www.asiantaekwondounion.org, had not yet resumed normal operations since being hacked, as many believed. “The truth is that the ATU website has been operating normally, except that netizens in Taiwan have been denied access to the website because the union has blocked their IP addresses,” the posting wrote. Tests by Central News Agency’s overseas correspondents proved that netizens in the United States, Europe, Australia, Vietnam, Japan and South Korea can access the ATU website without problem, while it cannot be accessed from Taiwan. It also appears, however, that the site has not been active or updated recently. CNA correspondents in Paris, Luxembourg, Rome, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Sydney, New Delhi, Tokyo, Hanoi and Seoul, said the ATU website only has postings from before Sept. 10, 2009 and does not provide any information about the ongoing Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. The controversial article at issue also cannot be found on the site. The ATU website was hacked Friday, Nov. 19, a day after it posted an article titled “Shocking Act of Deception by Chinese Taipei” that accused Taiwan’s gold medal hopeful Yang Shu-chun of cheating in a taekwondo match against a Vietnamese opponent on Nov. 17. Yang was disqualified by the referee during her opening round bout in the under 49 kilogram division for allegedly attaching extra sensors to her electronic socks to increase her chances of scoring.
At that point, with 12 seconds left in the first round of the bout, Yang was ahead 9-0.