Wed, Dec 15, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Military to train against `cyber terrorist' attacks

AP , Taipei

China is more likely to try to paralyze Taiwan with cyber warfare rather than kick off a war with a traditional full-scale invasion with troops, planes, ships and missiles, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday in a special defense report.

As he presented Taiwan's biennial defense report, Vice Defense Minister Hu Chen-pu (胡鎮浦) said both China and Taiwan were changing their strategies for a possible war across the 160km Taiwan Strait that separates them.

"China is more likely to try and paralyze us, and after paralyzing us, they could quickly attack," Hu said. China also could use electronic warfare to shut down the nation's communications systems before launching missile strikes or initiating a naval blockade, the military official said.

As a result, Taiwan's annual round of war games next year will take on a counterterrorism theme, Hu said. Hu also said that a major focus on counterterrorism would include fending off cyber warfare and attacks by hackers on the nation's electronic infrastructure.

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