China's cyber attacks on Taiwan increase ahead of presidential inauguration

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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China's cyberattacks against Taiwan have increased to 2.5 million a day before the presidential inauguration, the National Security Bureau (NSB) said on Thursday, according to Taiwan news.

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Taiwan News, citing CNA, reported that after the January 13 presidential and legislative elections, the intelligence agency found that China was carrying out 1 million cyberattacks per day.

The surge ahead of the presidential inauguration on May 20 is mostly against government bodies.

According to Taiwan News, NSB officials, responding to lawmakers' inquiries, said that disinformation and cyberattacks are frequent. However, they confirmed that they would continue to monitor Chinese activities and identify vulnerabilities in Taiwanese networks.

The Foreign Ministry said officials were investigating allegations that confidential documents had accessed a hacker's website.

Officials stressed that all secret documents in the ministry are marked with watermarks or passwords, making it unlikely that insiders leaked the information.

During a speech at the CyberSec information security conference on Wednesday, President-elect Lai Ching-te expressed his support for the development of the local cybersecurity sector.

He said that as Taiwan continues to be the target of cyber attacks and disinformation, it will emerge stronger.

More recently, on April 11, Taiwan News also raised suspicions that China's sole ruling party, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), was editing websites and electronic billboards in preparation for the inauguration of President-elect Lai Ching-te on May 20. Was hacking. May try to cause disruption. And sabotaging the southern power grid.

An official also told local Taiwanese newspaper 'Liberty Times' on May 9 that Chinese hackers may target government websites and public screens on May 20, potentially using sarcastic congratulatory messages or pro-CCP propaganda to embarrass Lai. can send. Can keep.

According to Taiwan News, after the elections held in January, China has increased pressure on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

An official revealed that China is seeking information about the content of Lai's inaugural speech through Hong Kong and Macau-based academics.

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