South China Morning Post
Date: Friday, 25 September, 2015
By: Alice Woodhouse
Taiwan will host its first cyber security hackathon on-site in partnership with the Ministry of
Economic Affairs starting next month, as the island seeks to shield itself against rising online attacks.
Over 1,000 hackers are expected to take part in online qualification for the HITCON Capture the Flag (CTF) contest to be held in Taiwan. The final will take place in early December and offer a top prize of US$10,000.
A combination of geopolitics and a wealth of technology firms in Taiwan make the island a major target for malicious cyber attacks.
In late 2014, Taiwan’s premier blamed China for attacks against civil and government websites.
The allegations followed media reports a year earlier that Chinese hackers were using the island, which China views as a renegade province after it split from the mainland when the Communists took over in 1949, as a testing ground before attacking the United States. [FULL STORY]