The National Police Administration (NPA) yesterday denied reports that its computer system had been attacked by Chinese hackers and classified information stolen. \n"Access to our classified information requires several usernames and passwords. It has not been hacked or stolen by anybody," said Yang Chi-lin (楊麒麟), director of the NPA's Information Technology Department. \nYang said that all the classified information was stored in a closed computer network that could not be accessed through the Internet. \nThe classified information held on the NPA's computers includes documents and records such as vehicle registration information, information on vehicle owners and criminal records, Yang said. The only way to access the system and steal information is to do so from a terminal inside the NPA. \nTwo Chinese-language news-papers reported yesterday that several unidentified Chinese hackers from Hubei Province began attacking the NPA's computer network and database in April. \nYang denied that classified information had been accessed. \n"I can assure you that our national security was not breached and privacy was not invaded," he said. \nAccording to the reports, special agents from the Ministry of Justice's Bureau of Investigation spent three months identifying and locating the hackers and discovered that they were Chinese government officials. \nThe NPA hired at least three local software companies to help rebuild the firewalls protecting its systems, the reports said. \nHowever, the Bureau of Investigation's Public Relations Department denied the reports. \n"We have never heard of such a thing and have never investigated or tried to locate any Chinese hackers. In addition, if somebody hacks government computer systems and breaches national security, the police will also investigate," it said in a press release. \nIn response to questions about the "Blaster" virus that has infected more than 120,000 computers worldwide, Yang said that the NPA's computer system was protected by the "McAfee 4286" anti-virus program. \n"Protecting our system from being attacked by hackers or computer viruses has always been our priority. And I can proudly say that my co-workers have performed well," Yang said.
Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month. The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue. Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang
Instead of hating the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), help change it, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said, as he urged young people to join efforts to reform the party. As the nation marked Youth Day on Sunday, Chiang said in a Facebook post that he wanted to remind people that “the KMT used to be very young.” Now, when people think of the KMT, they equate it with older people, he wrote. “Even if [the KMT] is a 100-year-old party, it must maintain a young mentality, and understand what young people want and what they want the KMT to do,” Chiang wrote.
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DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time