Ministry of Civil Service of Taiwan suffered from data breach
Civil service system of Taiwan has reported about an incident of information security breach on Monday (i.e. on June 24, 2019), where personal information of more than 240,000 civil servants was being compromised.
Through a notice that was published on the MOCS (Ministry of Civil Service) website, the Civil Service ministry said that it has received a tip-off regarding data breach on Saturday (i.e. on Jun. 22, 2019), suggesting information leak of thousands of personnel in their database. The information has been made available on the foreign websites, the agency said.
The exact number of civil servants information that has been compromised as well as made available on the foreign websites is 243,376, which comprises of individuals working for both central as well as local government in between Jan. 1, 2005, and Jun. 30, 2012. The compromised information contains the names, job designation, ID numbers, agency information, national identification card numbers, and the agencies for which the civil servants are working for.
As soon as the data breach was discovered, the Civil Service ministry has reported this incident to National Center for Cyber Security Technology in accordance with Cyber Security Management Act. In addition, the MOCS has taken necessary action so as to address this information leak in compliance with Personal Information Protection Act.
The Ministry of Civil Service has also begun notifying the possibly impacted individuals regarding this data breach incident. The Civil Service ministry added that it has started checking for the flaws in that compromised information system, which has been taken offline in Mar. 2015. In addition, the ministry has taken preventive measures so as to control the access to information system for preventing future hacks.
Meanwhile, Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Justice already has started an investigation so as to determine origin of this data breach incident.
This whole situation of cyberattacks has been extremely concerning for Taiwan, since the country has been victimized in 10 million cyberattacks having an increasing and high rate of success. Therefore this makes cyber-security a national security issue, and thus requires an immediate as well as a robust action.
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