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Hackers Have Also Declared Cyberwar

Police authorities yesterday urged all Internet service providers (ISPs) and individual computer users to maintain high alert on hackers and viruses that could invade their systems as the U.S.-led war on Iraq continues escalating. Officials at the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) under the National Police Administration said that modern wars have now extended from battle fields to cyberspace as hostile groups, including terrorists and disgruntled anti-war groups, now can easily wage new battles to sabatoge the opponents’ information and telecom networks. While government agencies have heightened security measures after President Chen Shui-bian repeated vows to back the tough U.S. actions against terrorist groups and Iraqi rulers, the nation should not relax its guard against possible attacks on the Internet. Officials said that after the launch of the new war against Iraq, Taiwan anti-virus companies have discovered a new “Say No to War” virus that can propagate anti-war messages via unsolicited e-mails, damage data files, and cause breakdowns of computer systems. Hackers and viruses written by terrorists or anti-war organizations often use the loopholes of computer systems or networks to launch attack in the form of “denial of service” (DoS) by sending out massive volumes of e-mails to paralyze the computer servers. Full Story

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