Originally Published: Monday, 10 January 2000 Author: Derrick H. Lewis
Published to: news_enhance_security/Security News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Taiwanese uses Viruses for Counter Attack.

The Taiwanese military has prepared over 1,000 viruses just in case a Cyber War were to start against them.

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Economy and Politics Mon, 10 Jan 2000, 7:07am EST

Taiwan Has 1,000 Computer Viruses to Fight Cyber War With China, AFP Says By Peter Harmsen

Taipei, Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Taiwan's military is preparing for cyber warfare with China and has developed about 1,000 computer viruses for that purpose, Agence France-Presse reported, quoting the Liberty Times. ``Should the People's Liberation Army launch electronics warfare against Taiwan, the military, armed with about 1,000 computer viruses, would be able to fight back,'' the paper quoted Defense Ministry official Lin Chin-ching as saying, according to AFP. One of the scenarios considered by Taiwan's Defense Ministry is for China to invade Taiwan's computer systems and alter the outcome of the March presidential polls, AFP said.

After tensions between Taiwan and China rose in the middle of last year, cyberspace was one of the main scenes of hostility, with Internet users trading insults and hackers intruding on government Web sites.

(Agence France-Presse, 1/9)

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