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Taiwan perpetually under attack from China in cyberspace: premier

Taiwan perpetually under attack from China in cyberspace: premier

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) China's cyberwarfare forces never stop attacking government and popular privately-run websites in Taiwan, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Tuesday in response to questions at a legislative hearing on cyber-attacks from Beijing. The hackers "have tried over and over again to steal secret information," Jiang said, and he admitted that if civil servants were fooled into opening e-mails from unknown sources, their computers could be invaded by Trojan Horse viruses. "There have been violent waves under the calm surface of relations between the two sides" across the Taiwan Strait, he said, noting that Beijing has political ambitions on Taiwan and has never stopped deploying cyberwarfare forces to attack it. The government has done its best to fend off the attacks whenever they come, the premier said. But he did not directly answer Kuomintang Legislator Lin Te-fu's questions on whether Taiwan's information security could be paralyzed by malicious cyber-attacks and how long Taiwan could resist a simultaneous attack by China's cyberwarfare and military forces. Jiang simply said that the government was capable of protecting key infrastructure from being invaded, and that it holds drills every year that simulate possible attacks from China. The premier dodged Lin's other question on whether Taiwan has put together its own cyberwarfare force, saying only that there are full-time and contract government employees who practice anti-raid skills. "Their primary task is to defend the country," he said. According to Executive Yuan data, the executive branch of government was hit by more than 1,900 cyber attacks per week and about 440 e-mail attacks per month last year on average. (By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-03-06 17:11 GMT+08:00