Hackers attack DPP site
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) condemned Chinese hackers on Tuesday for breaking into its Web site for a third time. Liao Chih-chien (廖志堅), deputy director of the DPP’s Information and Culture Department, confirmed that the Web site was taken offline after staff found that the DPP’s party flag on the site had been replaced by China’s national flag. The Chinese hackers also posted the words “protesting the release” of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). Chen was recently released from detention without bail by the Taipei District Court after prosecutors indicted him and his wife on charges of embezzlement, bribe-taking and money laundering. Liao said IT engineers would need a full day to determine whether important information on the site had been lost. This was the third time Chinese hackers had broken into the DPP’s Web site. The previous two incidents occurred in June 2004 when Chen was DPP chairman and again during the chairmanship of Yu Shyi-kun.
Asset row rumbles on
The Ministry of Justice said yesterday that government ministries should decide themselves whether directors of state-owned enterprises and non-profit organizations should declare their assets. Ministry of Justice Deputy Minister Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) told a press conference that since enterprises and non-profit organizations owned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Government Information Office and other agencies have different characteristics, the individual ministries should decide whether directors should declare their assets. Under the amended Act on Property Declaration by Public Servants (公職人員財產申報法), which took effect in October, board directors of state-owned enterprises and non-profit organizations must declare their assets and those of their spouses. The deadline for declarations is the end of this month. A number of board members of institutions supervised by the ministries have threatened to quit over the amendment.
Yeh released on bail
Former Bureau of Investigation director-general Yeh Sheng-mao (葉盛茂) was released on NT$5 million (US$156,000) bail last night. He is banned from relocating. Yeh was detained on Oct. 6 for withholding information about the former first family’s alleged money laundering and leaking information to former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). The court found Yeh guilty of corruption, concealing a government file and leaking confidential information, for which he received an eight-and-a-half year jail term. He was also convicted of leaking confidential information, for which he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years. The two sentences were combined into a jail term of 10 years. Yeh will also be deprived of his civil rights for five years.
Park scheduled for 2013
The Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park will be fully operational by 2013, following a modification to its development strategy earlier this year, science park administration officials said yesterday. Randy Yen (顏宗明), director-general of the Hsinchu Science Park Administration, said that most of the park would be devoted to a national medical center that focuses on clinical research and translational medicine. Yen said he hoped the center would bridge the gap between clinical practice and biomedical research and boost the nation’s biomedical industry.