Before Ma Ying-jeou opened the “Three Links” of postal, transportation, and trade ties with China in 2009, there had been 18 cases reported. However, after cross-strait exchanges increased, so have spying incidents, with 42 being reported in the eight years since.
60 of those cases or 90 percent involved spying on the military. However, the security official was quoted as saying that the number of cases in the government is probably a lot higher, but they are not being reported due to a lack of the ability to detect such intrusions.
The official reportedly added that the spies are targeting government administrative offices to obtain information on diplomatic communications, cross-strait policies, and technology.