Following the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, Chinese hackers also made 272 cyber attacks on Taiwan’s official institutions and organizations in a week.
After the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Chinese hackers also attacked Taiwan’s official institutions and organizations in addition to the military exercises initiated by the Chinese army between August 4 and 7, blocking Taiwan from 6 points . Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced that China made 272 attempts to create disinformation in Taiwan last week. Major General Chen Yu-lin, Deputy Director of the Taiwan Political and War Bureau, said at a press conference that since the start of China’s live fire exercises last week, numerous cyberattacks, including fake news, have been carried out on Taiwanese computer systems.
Chen emphasized that due to the rapid development of social media and digital platforms, war strategies have changed significantly, especially in the cognitive battlefield. According to MND statistics shared by Chen, who said that damaging the Taiwan network and deepening divisions could have a significant impact on the outcome of the battlefield, between August 1 and 8, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made 272 attempts to spread disinformation. MND also divided the cyber attacks into three categories. Accordingly, the categories were “to create a conducive environment for the unification of Taiwan and China by using force”, “to undermine the government’s authority” and “to demoralize the military and citizens”.
Emphasizing that the armed forces respond to all these disinformation by taking steps such as verification, traceability, disclosure and countermeasures, Chen urged the public to focus on the information shared by the MND and not listen to the rumors, not the fake news spread by China.
PELOSI’S VISIT TO TAIWAN
Pelosi, who started her Asian visit from Singapore on August 1, came to Taiwan’s capital Taipei on August 2 with her accompanying delegation after Malaysia. Pelosi was welcomed at Songshan Airport by Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, President of the American Institute in Taipei, Sandra Oudkirk, and other officials. Pelosi met with Taiwan Leader Tsai Ying Wen. Ying presented Pelosi with a medal of honor called the “Auspicious Cloud Order”. By noon, Pelosi had left Taiwan. Pelosi was the highest-ranking US official to travel to Taiwan, last visited by then Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich in 1997.