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Taiwan government blocks majority of 30 million monthly cyberattacks on its website

 

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan and the US kicked off the first joint Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises (CODE) on Monday (Nov. 4) to learn how to prevent cyberattacks, including from North Korea, over a five-day period.

 

The exercises were co-organized by the government's National Center for Cyber Security Technology (NCCST) and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to test Taiwan's defense capabilities against cyberattacks. Officials from both countries attended the opening ceremony, including AIT Deputy Director Raymond Greene and Taiwan's National Security Council Advisor Lee Der-tsai (李德財).

 

Greene said that the US government was proud to co-host the historic cyberwarfare exercises with Taiwan and that he hopes the collaboration can be extended to other areas as well. Greene stressed that currently, the biggest threat is countries hiring cyber warriors to spread misleading information and steal sensitive, valuable data as well as operation secrets, reported CNA.

 

Chien Hung-wei (簡宏偉), director of NCCST, said Taiwan's government websites face 30 million cyberattacks each month on average. He noted that only 262 cyberattacks were successful last year and that only six of these were considered critical, giving Taiwan's cyber defense system a 99.99% effectiveness rate, reported UDN.

 

Chien added that China is the major source of cyberattacks against Taiwan, adding that the number of attacks usually increased before government elections. Ten other countries, including Indonesia, Japan, the Czech Republic, and Australia, also joined the exercises and are expected to participate in a simulated cyberwar.

 

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US and Taiwan host security exercise to boost cyber defence

 

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Taiwanese officials are being targeted by phishing emails and texts as part of a week-long simulated cyber-war event billed as the first of its kind.

 

The local government is co-hosting the tests with the American Institute in Taiwan, which represents US interests on the island.

 

AIT said the focus was threats posed by "North Korea and other actors".

 

But Taiwan has previously said that most of the cyberattacks it experiences come from mainland China.

 

"Dealing with such attacks is like fighting a battle every day," a Taiwanese official said last month.

 

The exercises are set to run until Friday and will involve attempts to hack into government websites by fooling workers into accepting malicious communications. Private companies will also be challenged.

 

"For Taiwan, mainland China is viewed as one of the main sources of cyber-attacks on the island," commented Veerle Nouwens from the UK-based Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

 

"The director-general of Taiwan's Cyber Security Agency has been quoted as saying that the Taiwanese government's networks receive an estimated 30 million attacks a month, about half of which are suspected to come from China.

 

"However, irrespective of the originating country, strengthening cyber-security is increasingly a top priority for any government or private sector company."

'Significant risk'

The Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises (Code) were officially launched by the AIT's acting director, Raymond Greene, at an event hosted by Microsoft.

 

He described the tests as marking a "new frontier" in cyber-co-operation between Washington and Taipei.

 

"The biggest threats today are not troops landing on the beach but efforts by malign actors to use the openness of our societies and networks against us," said Mr Greene.

 

"In many ways, cyber-threats are the most significant risk affecting all of us."

 

He added that attackers were seeking to undermine elections, compromise critical infrastructure and cripple financial trade.

 

Officials from other countries, including Australia, Indonesia and Japan, are also taking part to challenge Taiwan's defences.

 

The Code drills are based on a separate US-led international computer-attack simulation known as the Cyber Storm exercises, which are held every other year.

 

According to the Global Taiwan Institute, the island had repeatedly asked to be involved in the last event in spring 2018 but was not invited to do so.

 

"The announcement that the United States is participating in Taiwan's cyber-drills this year reflects the deepening of US-Taiwan security co-operation and dovetails other efforts under way between the United States and Japan to strengthen cyber-security co-operation," blogged the US-based institute's executive director, Russell Hsiao, last month.

 

AIT plans to follow up this week's event with a "road show" in 2020, when it intends bring American cyber-security experts to Taiwan to host seminars at its science parks and other tech hubs.

 

For its part, China has previously accused Taiwan of being involved in its own "infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland".

 

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15 hours ago, steven36 said:

The Cyber Offensive and Defensive Exercises (Code) were officially launched by the AIT's acting director, Raymond Greene, at an event hosted by Microsoft.

 

15 hours ago, steven36 said:

The exercises are set to run until Friday and will involve attempts to hack into government websites by fooling workers into accepting malicious communications. Private companies will also be challenged.

 

Looks like a big and advertised exercise.

Are the workers aware of the drill?

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