MAC warns Taiwan schools of possible computer hacking by China

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/07
By: Miao Zong-han, Chen Chih-chung and Evelyn Kao

National Sun Yat-sen University (Photo from the university’s website)

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the nation's top policymaking body on China, on Thursday warned schools in Taiwan of the need for stricter cyber security practices after it was confirmed that computer systems at a local university were hacked, alleging the attacks were carried out by China.

The MAC issued the warning as National Sun Yat-sen University confirmed that the e-mails of more than 10 scholars specializing in cross-strait studies at the school have been monitored for about three years.

The university said that the IP addresses where network intruders logged on were identified as being located in the United States, China and Hong Kong. The targets of the hack were all professors specializing in political science, cross-strait affairs and Taiwan public affairs.

Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), deputy head and spokesman of the MAC, said that the government agency has contacted the Ministry of Education to gain a better understanding of the situation and asked it to urge schools to improve information security.    [FULL  STORY]

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