Taiwan Inaugurates a Cyber-Security Center to Counter Fake News

Taiwan has inaugurated its National Center for Cyber-Security in order to strengthen IT security, to counter Fake News in the territory, and to collaborate with other countries.


The President of the Island, Tsai Ing-wen engaged in the inauguration, whereby she accused China of computer espionage within governmental, political, military and industrial organizations; and additionally of spreading Fake News to jeopardize Taiwanese National Security, besides of interfering in the upcoming local elections on November 24.


Tsai affirmed that: “Cyber-Security is National Security” and that “it is at the vanguard of National Defense,” according to a press statement from the Presidential Office.


According to the President, the island needs to build up further computer security technology and foster new talents urgently: “We do not have so much time.”



The Center not only looks up to enhance the protection of computer networks in Taiwan but the response to Fake News, and to “work together with international partners regarding to Cyber-Security,” highlighted Tsai.


Besides that, the President pointed out that a greater protection of information in Taiwan will bolster “the digital governance, develop the digital economy and promote industrial transformation.”


The United States has also accused China of using Fake News and of infiltrating in social networks to jeopardize Taiwan’s Democracy; this theory is contained in the Annual Report of the United States-China Security and Economic Review Commission.



Virus in Central America

Experts has alerted about the presence in the region of the computer virus called Emotet to the Central American users, which has been employ to steal information.


The Headmaster of the Research Laboratory: ESET Computer Security Company Latin America, Camilo Gutiérrez, said that this virus is: “a botnet-type threat, which seeks to steal information from the user’s device.”


“It will be stealthy and it will be difficult for the user to detect malicious behavior unless the user review the network traffic, and the processor consumption of the several applications alongside any other features,” Gutiérrez expressed in a statement.



The company indicated that Costa Rica has already detected at least 100 alerts of this virus since the previous week; however, the company made a call for prevention throughout Central America.


This virus is a family of Banking Trojans. This virus is distributed through Spam campaigns utilizing a variety of disguises to legitimize its malicious attachments, pointed out ESET.


The company recommended users to maintain security systems on their computers, to update applications and to stay informed regarding to this type of virus.


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