Taiwan’s Ministry of Digital Affairs has adopted IPFS technology to protect its infrastructure in an effort to bolster its cyber security defenses against cyberattacks from China and other adversaries.
Designed by Juan Bennett in 2014, the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) is a decentralized peer-to-peer network that allows users to back up and store files and websites in a network of nodes, eliminating centralized points of failure and bypassing censorship efforts. The storage and file reference system for Ethereum is often compared to the peer-to-peer file sharing protocol BitTorrent.
News of the IPFS reform came during a visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first for a top official since 1997.
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In an interview with the state-run Central News Agency (CNA) on Tuesday, Digital Minister Audrey Tang said the ministry launched the new project following Pelosi’s visit, where China has begun military exercises near Taiwan.
“Until now, it has not been successfully attacked and has never been stuck for a second,” Tang said. “It uses the Web3 framework, which is connected to the global blockchain community and the global Web2 backbone network.”
“If it can be downloaded, everything from Ethereum to NFTs will be downloaded, which is unlikely,” Tang continued, noting that that would include Taiwan’s technical partners. CloudflareIt supports Taiwanese social media platform Dcard.
The idea to use IPFS came after Russia invaded Ukraine using cyber attacks to attack Ukrainian infrastructure, Tang said.
According to Tang, cyberattacks on Taiwanese government units on Tuesday before and during Pelosi’s arrival exceeded 15,000 gigabytes, 23 times the previous daily record.
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