Taiwan NSB gets half million cyber attacks a month

Nov 15, 2010
Taiwan's top security unit said Monday it received nearly half a million cyber-attacks a month, only a minority from China and around 60 percent from the island itself.

Taiwan's top security unit said Monday it received nearly half a million cyber attacks a month, only a minority from China and around 60 percent from the island itself.

In the 10 months to October hackers launched 4.99 million attacks on the Bureau's website, making it one of the government's most heavily targeted, the bureau's chief told lawmakers.

"Despite the awesome amount of attacks, no hacker has ever broken into the website," Director General Tsai Teh-sheng told parliament, in reply to a question tabled by legislator Lin Yu-fang.

During the 10-month period, hackers from China launched 598,000 attacks, or 12 percent of the total, while six in 10 attacks came from within Taiwan.

Tsai did not explain why the great majority of attacks, numbering 3.04 million, originated from within Taiwan.

Taiwan's government websites have frequently come under cyber-attacks from China, usually during disputes between the island and the mainland.

The two sides split in 1949 at the end of a civil war, but still claims the island as part of its territory.

Ties have improved markedly since Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuomintang party won a in 2008 on a platform of ramping up trade and allowing in more Chinese tourists.

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masamunecyrus
not rated yet Nov 15, 2010
Chinese hackers frequently proxy through Taiwan. China and Taiwan share a common language, and Taiwan is loaded with insecure computers. A recent example is the hacks against GMail and human rights activists. All of those attacks appeared to have originated in Taiwan, but it's more than likely that they came from Chinese hackers routing through Taiwan.