The LINE accounts of more than 100 politicians have been hacked. LINE says it has reported the incident and has taken the "swift action" to protect affected users, without providing any additional details. Meanwhile, officials say they have every reason to believe the incident is politically motivated and the hackers may be from the other side of the Strait. Both ruling and opposition lawmakers are calling for an thorough investigation and an update on the loophole in the relevant laws.
The LINE accounts of over 100 politicians have been hacked. In a statement, LINE said it has taken "swift action" to protect the affected users and reported the incident to the police. It also said it would continue to take the necessary measures to deal with the incident, without providing any additional details. The Criminal Investigation Bureau's 9th Investigation Corp is on the job. The Democratic Progressive Party caucus wants a thorough investigation to find out if there has been a national security breach.
Luo Chih-cheng, DPP Caucus Secretary："This is clearly a politically motivated national security attack targeting so-called important politicians of Taiwan. Their motive is clear. So, is it possible the hackers are from the other side of the Taiwan Strait? Of course it's absolutely possible. So, because of this, there are national security implications. So, we must accelerate the relevant investigation and (set up) safeguards."
Opposition lawmakers, meanwhile, called on the Tsai administration to update data security laws.
Cheng Li-wun, KMT Caucus Secretary："Taiwan has major national security and data security flaws. Shouldn't these be addressed sooner rather than later? The government should have a comprehensive and updated information security law."
Kao Hung-an, Legislator (TPP)："Of course, we have reason to believe the attack originated in China. However, we have to look at the method of attack and trace the attack instead of jumping to conclusions."
According to a media report, LINE has notified vulnerable accounts to turn on security features. The messaging app giant also gave a detailed account of the incident to the National Security Council at the Presidential Office. One Cabinet official says national security authorities are overseeing the investigation.