Ko re­veals Taipei re­pelled main­land cy­ber attack

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) may have jeop­ar­dized an on­go­ing gov­ern­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion led by the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (DIT, ) by accidentally re­veal­ing to the press yes­ter­day af­ter­noon that a sec­re­tary’s com­puter at the Taipei mayor’s of­fice was hacked ear­lier in April, stated DIT Com­mis­sioner Lee Wee-bin ( ).

In re­sponse, Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Coun­cilor Hsu Shu- hua ( ) slammed the DIT, ques­tion­ing the in­for­ma­tion safety and net­work se­cu­rity of the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment and de­mand­ing a clear ex­pla­na­tion from the depart­ment.

Lee later con­firmed that a hacker planted a Tro­jan horse in a sec­re­tary’s com­puter at the mayor’s of­fice ear­lier in April, while also at­tack­ing an­other 11 com­put­ers, though they re­sisted the cy­ber as­sault. The im­planted pro­gram then sent emails to other Taipei bu­reaus and re­quested con­fi­den­tial per­sonal data of public of­fi­cials and con­sul­tants. The scan­dal was dis­cov­ered un­til af­ter agen­cies re­ceiv­ing the emails ver­i­fied their au­then­tic­ity with the sec­re­tary. The in­ci­dent was then re­ported to the DIT.

The DIT en­listed pro­fes­sional an­tivirus firms to as­sist in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent. The com­pa­nies con­firmed that the mayor’s per­sonal com­puter was not hacked, and said that cy­ber se­cu­rity mea­sures will be stepped up at Ko’s per­sonal res­i­dence, out of an abun­dance of cau­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the DIT, the source of the hack was traced to main­land China. The depart­ment had ini­tially planned to re­main si­lent about the hack­ing at­tempt in a bid to trace the pro­gram back to whomever planted it. How­ever, Lee said, “it may be dif­fi­cult to carry on this in­ves­ti­ga­tion now that the event has been re­vealed to the press.”

Taipei City Gov­ern­ment spokesman Sid­ney Lin ( ) said that the city gov­ern­ment has en­hanced its net­work se­cu­rity to en­sure that no in­for­ma­tion will be leaked.

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