Recently, the Taiwan authorities and the “American Institute in Taiwan” (AIT) jointly organized a cyber-war exercise. The exercise was seen as part of the cyber warfare training provided by the United States for the Taiwan region. AIT’s statement stated that the exercise was designed to address the cyber threat of North Korea and other forces.
It is understood that the Taiwan region will hold similar exercises every two years, but this year is the first time that foreign forces have joined. In this exercise, hacker teams will launch cyber attacks on the financial sector in Taiwan, while the Taiwanese government and military officials will be responsible for defending the work. In addition, cybersecurity officials from six countries served as observers for the exercise.
Although the exercise announcement did not mention mainland China, a relevant person in charge in Taiwan has said that Taiwan will receive as many as 30 million cyber attacks every month, and cyber attacks from mainland China account for half of it. Experts from the Royal United Kingdom Joint Service Defence and Security Research Institute directly pointed out that officials in Taiwan have always regarded mainland China as a major threat in the network field. However, relevant institutions in Taiwan have not given any evidence to support their comments.