TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Hacker Hits McDonald's China Web Site Over Taiwan

Hacker Hits McDonald's China Web Site Over Taiwan

Lisa Minter (
Tue, 28 Dec 2004 12:25:55 EST

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese-language Web site of fast food giant
McDonald's Corp. was broken into twice on Christmas by a hacker
protesting against its listing of Taiwan as a separate country, the
Beijing Youth Daily said on Monday.

The world's largest restaurant chain is expanding fast in China and
currently has 600 stores in what has become its eighth-largest market.

McDonald's English-language home page features a sign saying "I'm
going to McDonald's" pointing at a drop-down menu listing China and
Taiwan as separate "country/market" identities.

China has considered the self-ruled island of Taiwan part of its
territory since it split away from the mainland after the defeated
Nationalists fled there at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

On Christmas night, the McDonald's Chinese home page
( was turned into a black-and-white picture of a
skull bearing the words "protest McDonald's official Web site listing
Taiwan as a country," the newspaper said.

On top of the skull were the English words "Chinese hacker."

The site could not be opened at all early on Monday but was
back to normal later in the day.

An official with McDonald's in Beijing said the company had no
immediate comment.

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