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All government agencies in Taiwan have been hit by cyberattacks, Digital Technology Minister Audrey Tan said on Wednesday (August 3) amid rising tensions with China after visiting a self-governing island Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
On Tuesday (August 2), attacks on Taiwanese government offices topped 15,000 gigabits, 23 times the previous daily record, Tan said.
On Wednesday, Taiwan vowed to step up security measures against potential disruptions from “foreign forces”, including cyber attacks.
China has shown its outrage The highest-level US visit in 25 years to the island Beijing claims as its own has been accompanied by a surge in hostilities in surrounding waters, a summons from the US ambassador in Beijing, and a halt to agricultural imports from Taiwan.
Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday and left on Wednesday, vowing solidarity with the island and hailing its democracy.
Taiwanese cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng said at a media briefing that the authorities have tightened security measures at key infrastructure, including power plants and airports, and increased cybersecurity levels in government offices.
Several government websites, including the president’s office, have been hit by foreign cyberattacks, some of which, authorities say, were launched by China and Russia.
Officials said they planned Chinese military exercisesstarting Thursday noon until Sunday noon, will affect all 18 international flight routes near the capital city of Taipei.
They said, however, that the impact would be limited, with a slight increase in travel time as planes fly alternative routes.
Shortly after Pelosi’s arrival late Tuesday evening, Chinese state media reported that Chinese Su-35 fighter jets were crossing the sensitive Taiwan Strait separating the island from China, before the Taiwanese military called the report false.