GIO’s Confidential Information Hacked and disclosed

In the news published by Flyinghamster on May 26, 2007, an official for GIO said that their staff members were restrained from taking work home, after a hacker exposed the confidential information on the Internet.

GIO (Govt. Information Office) employees aren't allowed to take home the official work anymore. This restriction was put in place post an incident of confidential information's revelation came in to light, as per a GIO official. Flyinghamster published the statement on May 26, 2007.

The secret information that was exposed on the Internet contained data about foreign govt. officials & journalist who were working for the worldwide news outlets and were considered friendly for the GIO. Denq Yea-wen, who's the director in-charge of govt. ethics with GIO, divulged this in news published by Taipeitimes on May 26, 2007,

He further said that one of their officials, handling official work at home, took his work home. He wasn't aware of his PC at home being infected by a Trojan horse. As a direct result of this incident, the company restricted its employees to take their work home.

Chiang blamed GIO for maintaining a faulty information security system. He said that because of the carelessness of GIO, many secret and important documents of the government were exposed throughout China.

He said, a China based Taiwanese entrepreneur had mailed him documents containing the communication between GIO & the government's overseas headquarters in Belgium, government's analysis of international reporter' attitude towards Taiwan, and the contact-list of its foreign govt. officials & international reporters.

Denq said, the office was told by the Investigation Bureau about the theft in March. Since then, search is on for the culprit.

The information that was circulated by the hacker can still be viewed on the web, as per Denq. The disclosure of confidential information wasn't considered "serious" as most of that information was related to the previous years (2005 and 2006).

Denq went on to say that they were worried by the leakage, as it might put their foreign govt. officials & reporters in a difficult situation while working with China. Taipeitimes published this on May 26, 2007.

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