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China hacked thousands of Taiwan government email accounts to steal data

Chinese hackers infiltrated at least 10 of Taiwan government agencies and gained access to around 6,000 email accounts in an attempt to steal data, Taiwan officials said.

Taipei has accused Beijing of stepping up a cyber campaign since 2016 when Taiwan elected President Tsai Ing-wen, who refuses to acknowledge Beijing's insistence that the self-ruled democratic island is part of "one China".

"We know for sure that these 6,000 emails have been compromised. We are still assessing the extent of the damage," the office's deputy director, Liu Chia-zung, told AFP.

"As far as we know, the damage done by this infiltration is not small," Liu added.

"We are making this public because we want to alert everyone of the threat and stop further damage."

According to the Taiwan Investigation Bureau’s Cyber Security Investigation Office, the China-linked cyberespionage groups tracked as Blacktech and Taidoor have been targeting government agencies and information service providers since 2018.

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