23 Nov 2010

Taekwondo disqualification leads to website hack

The official website of the Asian Taekwondo Union was recently hacked, the day after it posted an article in which it accused a Taiwanese athlete Yang Shu-chun of cheating.

Yang was disqualified by the referee during her bout in the 49-kilogram convert to pounds and place in brackets after 49-kilogram [108 pound] division in the Asian Games for having sensors in her footware. She had been leading the match 9-0 at the time. After her disqualification, the ATU released a statement accusing Yang of a “shocking act of deception.”

According to Focus Taiwan, the incident sparked outrage throughout the country, where speculation has arisen that Chinese and South Korean officials collaborated to deny Yang the gold medal.

Hackers defaced the ATU website with an image of a hand rasing its middle finger toward the national flags of South Korea and the People’s Republic of China. They also left messages that said “we all Taiwanese” [sic] and “shame on you.”

The World Taekwondo Federation refused to comment on the ATU’s statement, saying the organizations were not affiliated.

The incident was the latest hacking incident involving China. Recently, it was reported that Chinese hackers hijacked U.S. government and military internet traffic for 18 minutes. Affected organizations included NASA, the U.S. Senate and four military branches.