By Jimmy Chuang
April 11, 2007
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday urged military
personnel to stay alert, warning of potential attacks from computer
hackers. The ministry asked personnel who work with confidential
information to be especially on their guard.
"Vigilance starts at the individual level," said Major General Chai
Hui-chen (???), division chief for the ministry's Communications and
Chai made her remarks after being asked to comment on a recent
intelligence leak at the National Defense University.
A colonel illegally took home classified information concerning the
Hankwang military exercise because he wanted to continue his work after
The officer had downloaded software from Chinese Web sites onto his home
computer that planted a back-door access program. Hackers then stole the
classified information from his computer without the officer noticing.
The officer did not realize that his computer had been hacked until law
enforcement officers discovered the hackers' attack, which originated in
China, and reported it to the ministry.
The ministry yesterday said the case was under investigation.
At least six generals could face punishment from the ministry if the
case is designated as an "espionage case," Chai said.
Asked why the university's anti-espionage officer had let anyone take
home classified information, Chai replied: "We will certainly impose
stricter security measures in the future to prevent similar cases from
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