Taiwan Invests in Cyber Warfare

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Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has announced plans to increase its investment in cyber warfare capabilities.

"While implementing cuts in personnel from all other military departments and branches to lower expenditures for the future implementation of a voluntary military service, the ministry is expanding its Communication Electronics and Information Bureau (CEIB) to include a specialist group for electronic and Internet warfare," write The Taipei Times' Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung. "The ministry is also planning to establish an 'experimental facility for simulated cyberwarfare' to further raise the cyberwarfare capabilities of the military, the ministry said."

"The National Security Bureau also emphasized the threat of online attacks, revealing in its budget estimate for 2013 that parts of its network had been attacked more than 1 million times by hackers from January through June this year," writes ZDNet's Kevin Kwang. "It has been successful fending off these attacks though, it added."

"The Ministry's report also accuses China's government and military of 'using Internet viruses to attack Taiwan’s government, economic and military Websites,'" writes The Register's Richard Chirgwin. "Attacks are more common during disputes between Taiwan and China, the Ministry says."

"China still considers Taiwan part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, even though the island has ruled itself for more than 60 years after their split in 1949 at the end of a civil war," AFP reports.