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Rob Rosenberger

Taiwan threatens China with 1,000 computer viruses

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Wednesday, 2 February 2000

TAIWAN THREATENED TO unleash 1,000 computer viruses in an "all-out cyber war" against China. I don't make this stuff up, folks. Read it for yourself in The Register (a British computer tabloid).[1]

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."

Let me guess — Taiwanese infowarriors obtained those deadly Y2K viruses we never saw. Let's hope CIA analyst Terrill Maynard briefs the U.N. Security Council in time.

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.