[ISN] Taiwan organising cyber war drill

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Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 00:13:20 PDT

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    AFP [MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2002  3:13:10 PM]
    TAIPEI: Taiwan is planning a drill to boost the island's Internet
    defence against any hacker attacks, especially from China, an official
    said Monday.
    The exercise will be held in June coupled with the annual "Wan An"  
    drill, which for decades had served only as a platform to review the
    island's air-raid defense capability.
    "The general public, rather than the military and policemen, should be
    responsible for the safeguarding of national defense and social
    order," says Fang Hung-chun, an official with the cabinet-level
    Science and Technology Advisory Group.
    Taiwan's government websites have become a target for Chinese hackers
    whenever tensions across the Taiwan Strait have flared up.
    At one moment, Chinese hackers succeeded in attacking several
    government websites after Chen Shui-bian from the pro-independence
    Democratic Progressive Party was sworn in on May 20.
    The coming cyber war exercise, to be held on a trial basis, will be
    presided over by Premier Yu Shyi-kun.
    "Through the drill, we would be able to better understand how hackers
    could hack into the official websites and accordingly we could come up
    with countermeasures," Fang said.
    Many institutions felt their websites are safe after they set up
    firewalls or anti-virus software, he warned.
    In the drill, the responsible units will also respond to a scenario,
    under which telecommunications optical-fibers linking the northern and
    southern parts of the island are interrupted.
    The advisory group in March last year set up a task force to detect
    any possible loopholes of the official websites.
    Taiwan's defence ministry also has established a special unit on the
    front after Tang Yao-ming, then chief of the General Staff, warned in
    1999 that China may launch a cyber war, including the use of computer
    viruses to paralyse command systems, before any invasion of Taiwan.
    Local newspapers reported the People's Liberation Army had simulated
    computer virus offensives in exercises in Shenyang, Beijing and
    Nanjing over the past few years.
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