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MAC targeted by hackers amid reports of Chinese cyber attacks

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that it has stepped up information security measures after being attacked by hackers.

Wu Mei-hung, deputy minister and spokeswoman for the council, said the MAC website and e-mails have been targeted by hackers amid attacks on several government agencies in Taiwan.

"To prevent similar incidents in the future, the MAC will keep its system software updated at all times," Wu said, adding that the China policymaking body has stepped up staff e-mail protection amid other measures.

Wu did not specifically say the attacks originated in China, but she did say that after the website of Taiwan's Apply Daily was attacked in mid-June, the MAC conveyed concerns to its Chinese counterpart at a cross-strait meeting late that month.

Taiwanese government agencies are keeping a close watch on the "cyber army" and are taking measures to protect themselves from hackers, she said.

Wu's remarks came a day after Technology Minister Simon Chang said in a radio interview that Chinese hackers attack Taiwan almost daily, mainly in an attempt to steal information and discover Taiwan's "bottom line" in negotiations.

Chang said that while cross-strait ties continue to warm, there are major attacks on local computer systems every few months.

Media reports have said that with increased negotiations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, China's army of hackers has focused on government agencies involved in talks, such as the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, with the aim of seizing Taiwan's information on Taiwan's terms.

(By Yin Chun-chieh and Lilian Wu)


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