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In order to combat cyber attacks from China, Taiwan has started using Web3 technology to share internal information since the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker – Nancy Pelosi.
China is being considered the origin of many hacker attacks targeting the Taipei government. Recently, with the increasing tension between Taiwan and China, the intensity of attacks has also increased significantly. Faced with this situation, Taiwan’s Ministry of Digital Development (MODA) plans to deploy decentralized technology into the government’s portal in an effort to protect information against intrusion threats.
The Interplanetary File System (IPFS), designed by Juan Benet in 2014, is a peer-to-peer network that government officials will use for decentralized file sharing to circumvent censorship efforts. IPFS identifies content through hash functions, allowing files stored by multiple parties to be found anywhere and can be accessed using plain HTTP..
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The move to upgrade the IPFS follows a controversial visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, the first for a senior official since 1997, despite warnings from China. green. Since the visit, Taipei government websites have been repeatedly hacked from the mainland. In an interview with CNA, Digital Minister Audrey Tang asserted that so far, MODA’s website has “never fallen” to attacks since its launch the same day the Chinese military captured it. the beginning of the exercise near Taiwan.
“The site uses the Web3 architecture tied to the global Web2 blockchain and backbone community. So, if it crashes, everything from Ethereum to NFT will suffer the same fate and this seems very unlikely.”
The idea of using IPFS was born after Russia invaded Ukraine and used cyberattacks to take down Ukraine’s infrastructure.
According to the disclosed information, Taiwan saw nearly 5 million daily cyberattacks or at least scans for system vulnerabilities last year, 23 times higher than the previous record. The implementation of Web3 is a big step, but the minister emphasized the risks of cryptocurrencies in money laundering activities.
After China’s crackdown on the crypto industry last year, Taiwan has sprinted and emerged with sweeping initiatives with ambitions of becoming a new regional crypto hub. Recently, the country indirectly banned the purchase of cryptocurrencies with a credit card after the main financial regulator compared crypto to online gambling. But, like many other countries around the world, Taiwan is piloting its own national digital currency (CBDC). This shows that Taipei still wants a blockchain-powered crypto economy but under government control.
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