Mar 17, 2018 Human Rights Comments Off on Country-wide courthouse computer virus infections resolved
Taipei, A case of a computer virus that affected over 200 computers at courthouses all over Taiwan has been resolved, with no signs of verdicts being hacked into or altered, according to a statement released Saturday by the Judicial Yuan.
The statement revealed that a staff member of the Judicial Yuan's information technology department found that the yuan's internal host computer was being hacked at around 8:30 a.m. March 7.
The department was able to block the hack by shutting down the server and using firewalls to cut off the Internet connection.
Further investigation into the hacking by the National Center for Cyber Security Technology, however, found that a Windows XP desktop at the Tainan District Court was attacked and infected with a virus at the end of last year.
According to the Judicial Yuan, the investigation team went on to determine that the logins for many of the staff working in Taiwan's judicial system had been compromised, although no verdicts were accessed or tampered with.
This led to a country-wide virus detection and removal for computers at all of Taiwan's courts, as well as the establishment of a better protection system to fend off potential hacks and viruses.
In total, the week-long investigation found that 243 computers had been infected in 29 courts, 90 percent of which were using the Windows XP operating system and 10 percent of which were using Windows 2003.
Some of the other courts where the computers were attacked include the Supreme Administrative Court and the Taipei District Court.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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