By Jimmy Chuang
Saturday, Apr 05, 2008, Page 2
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has stepped up measures to avoid
classified information leaks concerning this year.s Han Kuang military
exercise as computer-based warfare simulation for the exercise gets
An official with the ministry.s communications and electronics
department, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Taipei Times that
in addition to constant renewals of virus protection on the computers
and constant education and reminders for its personnel, a stricter
security measure has been implemented whereby no related personnel may
continue their work outside the office after office hours.
All computers and disks with classified information must remain onsite
and they must be formatted when the entire project is finished, the
Last year an official involved in the warfare simulation for the Han
Kuang military exercise brought his laptop with classified information
home and continued to work after office hours. When downloading software
from Chinese Web sites onto his laptop, back-door access programs were
also installed. Hackers then stole the classified information from his
computer without the officer.s knowledge.
Usually the department.s major challenges include human errors, hacker
attacks and virus problems, the official said. Most human error is the
result of negligence when some military personnel bring USB disks or
laptops with classified information home to continue their work.
Some other service men and women might not strictly follow the rules to
format related disks or delete classified information when they have
finished their work.
.Many officers work too hard. They brought home information that should
never leave the house after office hours otherwise. They never thought
that classified information would leak just like that,. the official
said. .As the result, we have constantly educated our fellow military
personnel and I believe mistakes like that will be decreased and
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