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Taiwan government departments targeted by hackers 5 million times per day

Taiwan's cybersecurity department gives weaker ministries 3 months to improve cyber defenses

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Taiwan government departments targeted by hackers 5 million times per day

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwan government department suffers about 5 million attacks or scans by hackers each day, National Center for Cyber Security Technology Director Chien Hung-wei (簡宏偉) said Wednesday (Nov. 10).

In addition to taking the necessary preventive measures, the authorities are collecting data to make it possible to stop an attack as soon as it is launched, Chien said. He made the statement while answering questions at the Legislative Yuan about the 2022 central government budget, CNA reported.

Chien’s department said it supplies advice to government ministries but also asks each ministry to employ cyber talent to handle its own defense against hackers. When it judges a department has made a sufficient effort, it will require improvements within three months, he said.

Chien also pointed out that hackers have changed their methods, from planting malware programs everywhere to using e-mails and attacking specific targets. He called on government employees not to reveal private information on social media because hackers collect such data to use in their future activities.


Updated : 2022-01-26 19:37 GMT+08:00

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