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Chinese military cyberattacks targeting civil sectors: report
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:27:25 -0500 (CDT)


By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu
Focus Taiwan

The National Security Bureau (NSB) believes that the Chinese military has shifted the emphasis of cyberattacks on Taiwan from government institutions to civilian think tanks, telecommunications service providers, Internet node facilities and traffic signal control systems, according to an NSB report.

The report on Taiwan's measures to stem attacks by China's Internet army and hackers was prepared for lawmakers' reference ahead of a planned legislative hearing on the issue on April 29 that will be attended by NSB, Ministry of National Defense, and Criminal Investigation Bureau officials.

In the report, the NSB said Chinese hackers are trying to break Taiwan's defense mechanisms by engaging in massive "social engineering" practices (which fool people into divulging confidential information or giving access to their computers) on key persons in targeted organizations.

Their goal is to acquire as much control as possible over the unit's internal Internet system before moving to steal or forge information, or paralyze Internet communication.


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