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[] Infowar-Manöver in Taiwan - Bericht,

"US observers (...) estimated that Taiwan's information warfare
abilities exceed those of China by far."
Was sagen die Asien-Experten dazu? Olivier?

`Task Force Tiger' put to the test

BLINDING THE ENEMY: The nation's new information warfare unit debuted
during the latest military exercises and observers say it outclassed its
simulated opponent

April 27th, 2002

The Taiwan military recently completed its Hankuang No. 18 military
exercises, incorporating computerized simulations of an invasion of
Taiwan in 2005 by the Chinese military. The exercise was the first time
that the information warfare group set up by the army last year, "Task
Force Tiger", was a part of the exercises -- featuring in a war game
simulation code-named "Lusheng No. 2".

The Hankuang exercises simulated the army's planned five-step
war-development sequence: information warfare, electronic warfare,
control of airspace, control of the seas and a counterattack on China.

Teachers from the National Defense University played the role of the
Chinese army in a simulation of an information warfare battle against
Taiwan. They first used the Internet to spread false information and to
disguise troop movements in order to confuse Taiwan's military. 

They followed this up with intelligence information warfare and
psychological information warfare.

They then launched another information warfare assault, using the
Internet to send e-bombs and computer viruses in an attempt to cripple
Taiwan's information-gathering system.

"Task Force Tiger" countered by using advanced Internet firewalls to
keep enemy hackers out and by launching computer viruses against the
enemy's computer systems.

The army says it has significantly raised its ability to break enemy
database codes and firewall systems. In the exercise it successfully
broke into "the enemy's" computers to cripple its information systems.

Taiwan managed to win the information warfare part of the computerized
war game, defeating the invading army's information warfare department
for the third consecutive year -- making up for deficiencies in the
missile defense system.

US observers were reportedly impressed with the army's ability to
counter enemy hackers and its ability to design firewalls, and they
estimated that Taiwan's information warfare abilities exceed those of
China by far.

In related news, a CIA analysis recently concluded that the Chinese
government may have the goal of using cyber attacks to disrupt Taiwanese
and US military systems, but it does not currently have the capability
to do so. 

A US official announced the findings on Thursday.

"The view is that they don't have that capability -- being able to
disrupt Taiwan's infrastructure, US military systems -- but you have to
be mindful of it and concerned that it may be their goal," the official
told reporters on condition of anonymity.

The Los Angeles Times on Thursday reported that the CIA report said,
"The mission of Chinese special forces include physical sabotage" of
vulnerable systems.

"The People's Liberation Army does not yet have the capability to carry
out its intended goal of disrupting Taiwanese military and civilian
infrastructures or US military logistics through computer virus
attacks," the CIA analysis said, according to the newspaper.

The brief analysis was distributed to US policy makers over the past
week as part of a broader national security report.

Cyber disruptions originating in China are usually perpetrated by
students during school breaks and tend to be temporary "harassments"
such as the defacement of Web sites or virus attacks, the official said.

"A lot of the hacking attacks that we're seeing out of China are from
non-state hackers," the official said.

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