Taiwan Says China's Cyber Army Now Numbers 100,000
The National Security Bureau says China currently allocates more than $2.71 million a year to its cyber army.
The Taipei Times reports that Taiwan's National Security Bureau (NSB) believes that China's cyber army now has more than 100,000 people working for it, with a budget of more than NT$80 million (US$2.71 million) a year (h/t Infosecurity).
The NSB says the Chinese military has shifted its cyber attack focus from government institutions to think tanks, technology businesses, Internet node facilities, cloud storage and traffic signal control systems -- and with the public increasingly reliant on online connectivity, the NSB says the threats to Internet security are growing.
The bureau is also warning that social media may be leveraged to get close to influential personnel with the aim of gaining access to their computers.
The NSB says it was targeted by 70,000 malignant attacks last year, an average of 209 a day.