Date published: 28th August 2008
Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has successfully tracked down and arrested six people in what the CIB believes to be the biggest personal data breach in Taiwan to date. Apparently, the group also managed to obtain personal data on Taiwan's current and former presidents.
The suspects are believed to have stolen more than 50 million records of personal data, including information about President Ma Ying-jeou, his predecessor Chen Shui-bian and police chief Wang Cho-chiun, the official said. They then offered to sell the information for 300 Taiwan dollars (10 US) per entry, he said.
The hackers, based in Taiwan and China, also swindled victims out of millions of Taiwan dollars through their online bank accounts, he said. They will face up to five years in prison on charges of hacking and fraud.
An official at Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau said the hackers had tapped into data held by government agencies, state-run firms, telecom companies and a television shopping network. He called it the biggest hacking operation of its kind in Taiwan.
The announcement comes a week after China detected a sophisticated fake diploma scheme, where ten government databases were compromised.
Government agencies database was compromised by 6 hackers who stole 50 million person data and classified political information. Information stolen is sold for US$10 per entry. People were also swindled millions of dollars through e-banking.
Selling of personal data such as those of President Ma Ying-jeou, his predecessor Chen Shui-bian and police chief Wang Cho-chiun may affect political decisions. This hackers can use this information to threaten high-ranking officials in the govenment and cause political unstability. Question on transperancy and integrity of the government may cause social unrest as the people may not trust the governement anymore. Public may lose confidence on those government agencies, state-run firms, telecom companies that were hacked as their personal information are also stolen and illegally sold. Economy will be badly affected due to the sudden withdrawal syndrome of the public. For example, the people may immediately unsubscribe from those telecom companies that were hacked as they do not want their personal information to be further compromised. This telecom companies will lose money and have to face the consequence.
These hackers clearly proved that it is possible to hack into these classified database if they want to. I think this hackers should be given a heavier punishment. With 50 million data stolen, the outcome could even be worse if this data lay in the hands of terrorism, a global problem everyone have to live with now.
Result of actions:
The culprits will face up to five years in prison on charges of hacking and fraud.
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