Hacker attack on Taiwan financial institutes online platforms shows need to shake up information security measures
By: Translated by Judy Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
An anonymous hacker group’s attack on several financial institutes in Taiwan and its
demand of payment to prevent further attacks last week has been the first case of its kind in the country’s financial industry, said a senior manager of a financial institute.
The hackers demanded Taiwanese financial institutes pay 10 Bitcoins, equivalent to US$10,466, or they would crash online their services with DDoS attacks, or infect their computer systems with an insidious Trojan Horse virus.
Taiwan’s Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) confirmed several financial institutions in Taiwan including Yuanta Securities, KGI Securities, and Masterlink Securities all received threats from the hacker group. [FULL STORY]