http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow.asp?art_id=7663693 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. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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