A few days ago the Internet circulated, Taiwan‘s National Security Bureau illegal arbitrary wiretapping information. The National Security Bureau of Taiwan pointed out that it was verified to be false information. A certain account posted in Hong Kong and Macau is typical of the information warfare against Taiwan by foreign forces. The ruling party’s legislators called on the Taiwanese people to beware of the Chinese Communist Party disrupting public opinion in Taiwan. Scholars analyze that the purpose of spreading such false messages is to distort democratic Taiwan into an image no different from that of China, which monitors its people.
Taiwan’s National Security Agency (NSA) pointed out on the 25th that it had recently received a media report that an unknown person claiming to be working in the NSA was spreading false information through anonymous, fake accounts, in the form of online community posts and media submissions, claiming that the NSA was illegally spying on party and government officials and diplomats, in an attempt to harm mutual trust between Taiwan and other countries and create social confrontation and conflict.
Fake accounts posted from Macau and Hong Kong
The NSA pointed out that, after studying and judging, this case is typical of the information warfare against Taiwan by foreign forces through false information, and is currently working with relevant units to trace the form, source, path and motive of the information warfare, so please pay attention to the public to avoid misleading.
The National Security Bureau pointed out that, according to preliminary tracing, the fake information was first released in 2020 with fake online accounts on “CyberCTM.com” and “Hong Kong Discussion Forum”, and synchronized with the fake Eastern European Anna Williams Twitter account. In addition, he used the Twitter account of Eastern European Anna Williams to spread the news. Recently, the postings were widely circulated to many media outlets in the form of media reports, and the content was also found to be “simplified to traditional” and “Chinese terms” in many places.
For example, “Swaziland” is used to refer to Taiwan’s friend “Swaziland”, or “Taiwan Chengchi University” is used in mainland China to refer to Taiwan’s usual “National Chengchi University”, which is used in mainland China.
Taiwan’s National Security Bureau building (Photo/Wikiwand)
Taiwan premier: overseas malicious damage to Taiwan’s relations with friendly countries
The NSA said the fake message alleges that the NSA is wiretapping party and government officials, diplomatic personnel from various countries in Taiwan, and academics and media professionals in an attempt to create confrontational conflicts between Taiwan and countries with similar philosophies, governments and nationals, and political parties and political parties, with obvious motives, which is typical of cognitive warfare. The NSA calls on the public not to believe it, not to spread it, and to report it more often.
Taiwan’s Executive President Su Tseng-chang pointed out in an interview on the 26th: “In fact, it is someone overseas who maliciously wants to damage the relationship between our country (Taiwan) and friendly countries, to use false messages to discredit the efforts and operations of the relevant authorities, because from the false messages revealed by the relevant, many terms are not at all the terms of the country, nor the terms related to the domestic authorities, a glance at the broken, a glance It is possible to catch the bag.”
Scholars: Fight against the image of Taiwan as “no different from the Communist Party
The Department of Criminology, Taipei University, assistant professor Shen Boyang said in an interview with Radio Free Asia, “the use of some overseas accounts, on the one hand, to combat Taiwan’s image, on the one hand, to cater to Taiwan’s internal controversy, saying that the government is doing the same thing as the Communist Party, but also said in the Anti-Communist, this argument was quite long, deliberately cater to such a discourse.”
As for the NSA found accounts posted from Macau and Hong Kong, Shen Boyang believes that they used the forum that Chinese would see overseas, and may not have originally made their mark there, just the site where the article was posted.
Shen Boyang said that those involved in the case may have only wanted to spread in social media, but the ability to spread is not so good, so send a letter to the traditional media to spread, hoping that the media reports followed the dance, if the media follow up can achieve the effect of crackdown.
Taiwan’s Executive President Su Tseng-chang pointed out in an interview on the 26th: one look and you’ll know the flaw, one look and you’ll know, you can catch the bag. (File photo, provided by the Executive Yuan)
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The company’s main goal is to make sure that the company’s products and services are available to the public. Their real goal is not to make people “believe” but to “disrupt”. Like this fake message from the NSA, it is to make the government exhausted in responding and blurring the focus of public issues in Taiwan.
Lin Junxian called on the Chinese Communist Party to attack Taiwan all the Time, targeting all Taiwanese.
Watch out for the big foreign propaganda behind the “Eulogy of China” video
The information security expert Shen Boyang also mentioned that “more recent fake messages are mainly YouTube, Google a few days ago to delete more than two thousand channels, and China-related dissemination, look at the time to pay more attention to, there are many are disguised as very soft video, talk about how great China, how bad other countries.”
Shen Boyang believes that after the removal of these platforms, netizens should be told what kind of videos were removed? What is the style? Why were they removed? For what reason did they decide that it might be related to the CCP’s foreign propaganda? These criteria should let the public know how to make a judgment. The mere deletion will not help people’s ability to judge.
Tang Feng: National defense of democracy to counteract false messages with humor
The government’s political councillor Tang Feng attended the Denver Democracy Summit held by the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver by video message on the 25th, saying that in the face of last year’s Epidemic and fake message pandemic, why Taiwan “did not have to close the city to control Why can Taiwan control the epidemic without closing down the city and defeat fake news without taking it off the shelves? The actual method is to use humor over rumor to counteract fake messages. A soft way to counter conspiracy theories is to convey the right message through funny graphics, which are actively shared by netizens and then spread in large numbers, achieving a great clarifying effect.
Tang Feng pointed out that the biggest challenge is how to detect and respond to false information and misinformation early before it is widely disseminated. In Taiwan, through tripartite collaboration between the public and the public and private sectors, when netizens find false information, they can take the initiative to inform the fact-checking center or the news media, and then publish and clarify the information after verification. For Taiwanese, democracy is the same as technology, and the private sector’s spontaneous participation in combating fake information is based on the recognition that everyone can contribute to democracy.