By: Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu
Taipei, May 11 (CNA) Taiwan is encountering frequent cyber attacks, with the scale reaching
the level of a “quasi war,” the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Wednesday, although other Cabinet officials said that the situation is under control.
The frequent attacks on Taiwan are some of the most serious in the world, mainly because “most of the cyber attacks come from the other side of the Taiwan Strait,” the ministry said in a report to a legislative committee.
A lot of hackers have infiltrated Taiwan’s key systems of national defense, diplomacy, utilities, air traffic control and telecommunications, with the scale and depth of the attacks reaching “the level of quasi war,” it said. It provided no evidence or details.
The ministry made the report to the Foreign and National Defense Committee, which had invited the ministry, as well as other related government agencies, to report on the necessity of forming a fourth military branch and the challenges posed by cyber attackers to the information security of the government and private sectors. [FULL STORY]