Dalai Lama website hacked, infected with viruses

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The Dalai Lama’s website has been hacked and infected with viruses, including with spyware that could be used to track visitors, a computer security company warned.

Experts with the Kaspersky Lab said the Central Tibetan Administration website, Tibet.net, is under repair, BBC reported.

Hackers found a “back door” into browsers’ computers, the company warned. A spokesman for Kaspersky called it the “initial foothold. From there, they can download arbitrary files and execute them on the system.”

This is not the first time the website of Tibet’s spiritual leader has been compromised. The CTA website has been under constant attack since 2011, but experts have dealt with hacks and security breaches quietly and resolved them before serious damage occurred, a Kaspersky spokesman said.

The International Campaign for Tibet, a pro-Tibetan organization that supports the Dalai Lama, has also been targeted in the past, BBC reported.

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