Cyberport and the Consumer Council have been hacked and blackmailed, resulting in the leakage of personal information, some members of the industry believe that the incident is only the tip of the iceberg, believing that more organisations are facing the same crisis, and suggest that the Council find out how many people have been victimized as soon as possible and notify as soon as possible to enhance vigilance.

Mr Yau Tat-kan, a member of the Legislative Council in the science and technology innovation sector, pointed out that hacking is bound to be a problem to be faced in the future, and suggested that the government should subsidise SMEs to strengthen their cyber security systems and strengthen public education. Fong Po Kiu, Honorary President of the Hong Kong Information Technology Association, believes that all government departments should frequently verify data security and upgrade the entire cyber security system.

According to the Council's website, the system failed on 9 September. (Screenshot of the Council's website)

Legislative Council member of the science and technology innovation sector Yau Tat-gen pointed out that according to the current global trend, hackers will only increase, coupled with electric fraud, online fraud, many international hacker groups or institutions have formed, Eastern Europe or African countries have a large number of hackers through SMS, email, steal data to blackmail victims.

Qiu Dagen continued that the tools used by hackers are constantly changing, and the "promotion" is very fast, and only traditional anti-virus software can no longer catch up; Since most of the headquarters are not in Hong Kong, "it is international, in fact, you can do nothing in Hong Kong". He bluntly said that the average living standard in Hong Kong is relatively high, and the financial situation of local companies is relatively ideal, so it must be a "hot spot" for attack, and hacking is bound to be a problem that will be faced in the future, "If you have new technology, there will be new hackers."

He said that SMEs in Hong Kong do not have much manpower or resources dedicated to cyber security, and the Government should consider funding them, while large enterprises should raise their awareness through cases: "Everyone has the opportunity to become a victim."

Legislative Council Member of Science and Technology Innovation Mr Yau Tat-kan. (Profile picture)

Mr Chiu said that at present, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data does not regulate the problem of data leakage caused by hackers, and believes that the government can pass legislation, such as the existing Cybersecurity Law and Data Security Law in the mainland, requiring enterprises to carry out specified cybersecurity work, such as encryption processing, deletion of data after time limit, testing, etc., otherwise it is illegal. In addition, he pointed out that it is equally important to strengthen public education, and that when new methods are available, the public should be informed as soon as possible.

Fong Po Kiu, honorary president of the Hong Kong Information Technology Association, pointed out that the cyber security system of public institutions itself will not be bad, describing hacking as an offensive and defensive war, "network security has been improved, and hackers will continue to find the same vulnerabilities". He stressed that employees' awareness of cyber security needs to be continuously improved, otherwise if they accidentally open the wrong accessory, they will miss it: "It's like you open the door of your house, there are two, three, five locks, it's so hard and clean." How many locks do I need to tie in? How about tying it in... It's easy to tie in and out."

Fong Po Kiau, Honorary President of Hong Kong Information Technology Association. (Profile photo/Photo by Xia Jialang)

"You listen to my network department, just like Google, Microsoft dare to listen to you." Fong said that after even the Cyberport failed, all government departments should frequently verify data security and upgrade the entire cyber security system.

He also said that he did not approve of the compromise between the affected institutions and hackers, and that public institutions would definitely report the case if they were blackmailed, and that they were responsible for notifying the victims in the end. In his view, it is now most important to find the scope of victims as soon as possible and inform them so that they can be more vigilant, because once personal data is leaked, it is difficult to collect and difficult to remedy.

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