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Taiwan Accuses Chinese Hackers of Targeting Its Citizens’ Data

  • Groups likely backed by Beijing, cybersecurity official says
  • Efforts to access systems have been ongoing for ‘long time’
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Taiwan accused Chinese hackers of infiltrating government agencies in an effort to glean citizens’ sensitive information, part of ongoing attempts to influence the democratic society.

Groups, likely backed by Beijing, infiltrated the systems of Taiwanese companies that provide information services to government bodies, the deputy director of the Taiwan Investigation Bureau’s cybersecurity unit, Liu Chia-zung, said at a briefing in Taipei Wednesday. The attackers were after government information and citizens’ personal data and have been making these efforts “for a long time’, Liu said.