Asahi.com reports that Chinese hackers have increased their attacks on Taiwan. The Taiwanese Ministry of Justice has provided a timeline of suspected major attacks from mainland hackers.
・1999: Taiwanese government Web sites were illegally accessed, leading to data leaks.
・2003: Cyber attacks were mounted on a total of 650 government and private sites, including that of the Ministry of National Defense. The hackers were apparently operating mainly out of Hubei and Fujian provinces.
・2004: During the campaign period for the Taiwanese presidential election, the in-house computer networks of the presidential office and the National Security Council came under attack, leading to leaked data.
・2005: A failed attempt was made to infiltrate a computer network of the Taiwanese military’s command route.
・2007: Trojan horse spyware was embedded in a computer of a National Defense University teacher, leading to a leak of simulation data on military maneuvers.
The report goes into some detail on “Internet Forces” and their use of Trojans and social-engineering. Isn’t social-engineering so last year? NOT! Chinese hackers, “Internet Forces.”