The foreign ministry said on Wednesday that personal data may have been hacked from consular emails over the past three months. The ministry apologized to the public and said that current data in the system is still secure.
The concern comes amid irregularities recently found within the ministry's email system during security checks. Up to 15,000 personal records collected by the ministry could have been accessed by unknown sources.
But Deputy Head of the Bureau of Consular Affairs Winston Chung says the host computer is still safe.
"Our host server for emails and for other information such as passports, visas and documents have not been hacked. So the personal data in our consular affairs bureau is safe," Chung said. "Our information sent to foreign embassies and offices will be automatically taken off the servers once it is received. So there is no possibility of further leaks at this point."
The email system in concern is used to send the personal data of citizens traveling abroad to Taiwan's overseas offices so that they have quicker access to consular services in the event of emergencies. Chung encouraged people who have signed up for this service to change their account passwords as soon as possible.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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