Emer­gency man­age­ment sys­tem pos­si­bly at­tacked by hack­ers

The China Post - - LOCAL -

As dis­as­ter preven­tion agen­cies around Tai­wan have been vig­i­lant against the im­pacts of the ap­proach­ing Typhoon Soude­lor, the emer­gency man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tem of the Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter was down for nearly three hours Fri­day, and the cen­ter could not elim­i­nate the pos­si­bil­ity of a hacker at­tack.

The Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter set up at the Na­tional Fire Agency un­der the Min­istry of the In­te­rior re­quires lo­cal gov­ern­ments to re­port to the cen­ter the lo­cal storm and rain­fall sit­u­a­tion as well as any dam­age to their dis­tricts through the in­for­ma­tion sys­tem.

At around 11 a.m. Fri­day, the sys­tem was found un­sta­ble and half an hour later, the gov­ern­ment por­tal (por­tal.emic.gov.tw) was not ac­ces­si­ble.

An of­fi­cial of the cen­ter said that they could not elim­i­nate the pos­si­bil­ity of a hacker at­tack, though it was also pos­si­ble that it was a prob­lem with the server or trans­mis­sion process.

It was the first time that the sys­tem has been con­tin­u­ously down for so many hours, but for­tu­nately the data­base was not dam­aged, he added.

Be­fore the sys­tem was re­stored at 2:10 p.m., the cen­ter used phone, fax and email to con­tact emer­gency units around the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial.

Mil­i­tary to Aid Evac­u­a­tion

The mil­i­tary said Fri­day that it would mo­bi­lize ser­vice­men to help evac­u­ate res­i­dents in dis­as­ter-prone ar­eas in Eastern Tai­wan, as ap­proach­ing Typhoon Soude­lor threat­ens to dump heavy rain­fall and bring strong winds around Tai­wan be­gin­ning later in the day.

The Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense said in a state­ment that it has opened an emer­gency cen­ter and has more than 35,000 ser­vice­men placed on standby to pro­vide any nec­es­sary re­lief and res­cue as­sis­tance.

The mil­i­tary has helped place 1,200 sand­bags in the eastern county of Yi­lan in re­sponse to pos­si­ble flood­ing, the min­istry said, adding that sol­diers would be dis­patched to help evac­u­ate res­i­dents in dis­as­ter­prone ar­eas of Yi­lan and neigh­bor­ing Hualien County in eastern Tai­wan later Fri­day.

A to­tal of 15 planes, 420 wa­ter pumps and 146 in­flat­able boats are also ready to be dis­patched as needed, the min­istry said.

The min­istry said, mean­while, more than 3,000 mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and equip­ment can be made avail­able for res­cues.

The Cen­tral Weather Bureau is­sued a land warn­ing for Typhoon Soude­lor Thurs­day night, warn­ing of strong gusts and heavy rain­fall as the storm is ex­pected to pum­mel the is­land late Fri­day and Satur­day.

Wind and rain are ex­pected to pick up in eastern and north­east­ern Tai­wan Fri­day af­ter­noon as Soude­lor nears, and south­ern Tai­wan will feel the storm’s full im­pact Satur­day, the bureau said.

The typhoon is ex­pected to make land­fall in Eastern Tai­wan in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing.

CNA

A screen­shot of the Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter’s emer­gency man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tem is shown in the pic­ture taken yesterday. All lo­cal weather con­di­tions as well as dam­age re­ports will be re­layed to the cen­tral man­age­ment sys­tem.

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