Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
Taiwan threatens China with 1,000 computer virusesRob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Wednesday, 2 February 2000
Notify the U.N. Security Council! Taiwan threatened to unleash 1,000 viruses if Chinese hackers continue to annoy Taiwanese webmasters.
Reporter Linda Harrison blabs "the Taiwanese military fears that its old foe may try and disable the island's computer network after Chinese hackers targeted a number of Taiwanese government Web sites last year. Lieutenant [sic] Lin Chin-ching, head of the defence ministry's information and communications bureau, told the BBC his officers had categorised around 1,000 different computer viruses. He said these would be released in retaliation to any Chinese electronic onslaught."
Personally, I think Taiwan should make like a Nike commercial and just do it. Unleash those viruses! Send China back to the transistor age where they belong. C'mon, who else is with me? I hereby donate 27 pixels to Taiwan's independence. ¡Vive le— oops, wrong war dance.
Harrison goes on to say "China has not yet managed to penetrate the Taiwan military's PC network, but General [sic] Lin said the country ... was taking no chances. The military is earmarking a special budget next year to work on information and electronic warfare."
Yeah, my pulse quickens when I think of the carnage we might see in an "all-out cyber war." And like most people, I let the media dictate my computer security policies. I stand ready to update my antivirus software the instant The Register sounds the alarm.