iTaiwan gets 1m clients
The number of people registered on the government’s free iTaiwan wireless network has broken the 1 million mark, with new subscriptions averaging 2,000 per day, according to the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission. The free indoor Wi-Fi service, supported by government agencies since 2011, had been used more than 12 million times by more than 1 million subscribers as of the end of last month, the commission said. The service, intended to provide free Internet access on mobile digital devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, has almost 4,000 hotspots around the country, it said. The highest number of connections was recorded at railway stations, Taichung Airport, other public transportation facilities and tourist sites.
82 charged with fraud
Eighty-two people were indicted on Thursday in Greater Taichung on charges of fraud, two months after they were repatriated from the Philippines, where they allegedly were among a gang that carried out telephone scams targeting Chinese. The prosecutors said the suspects, allegedly belonging to two groups led by ringleaders with the family name of Chang (張) and Lin (林) respectively, allegedly set up four telephone centers in Manila between March 2011 and June last year to commit telephone fraud. They allegedly called people in China, told them that their bank accounts have been broken into by hackers and urged them to transfer their funds into bank accounts controlled by the rings. Through this method, the two rings had stolen money worth hundreds of millions of New Taiwan dollars from hundreds of Chinese, the indictment said.