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Hacking to be a problem in the future

Cyberport and the Consumer Council have been hacked and blackmailed, resulting in the leakage of personal data, some industry players believe that the incident is only the tip of the iceberg, I believe that more organizations are facing the same crisis, it is recommended that the Consumer Council as soon as possible to find out how many people have been victimized and notify as soon as possible in order to raise the vigilance of the government departments should also be more testing of network security systems. Mr. Yau Tat-kan, Legislative Council Member for Technology and Innovation, pointed out that hacking will definitely be a problem in the future, and suggested that the government should subsidize small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to strengthen their network security systems, and at the same time, step up public education.

Legislative Council Member for Technology and Innovation, Mr. Yau Tat-kan, pointed out that according to the current global trend, hackers will only increase, coupled with electronic fraud, Internet fraud, there are already many international larger hacker groups or organizations have taken shape, Eastern Europe or African countries have a large number of hackers through SMS, e-mail, steal data to the victims of extortion.

Yau Tat-kan continued to point out that the tools used by hackers are constantly changing, "advanced" very quickly, only the use of traditional anti-virus software can not catch up with the speed; because most of the headquarters is not in Hong Kong, "is the international community, in fact, you are not in Hong Kong can do some of the so and so". He said that Hong Kong's average standard of living is higher, and local companies are financially better off, so they are bound to be a "hot spot" for attacks, and hacking is bound to be a problem that we will face in the future, "If you have new technology, you will also have new hackers.

He said that Hong Kong's SMEs do not have much manpower or resources to specialize in cybersecurity, and the government should consider subsidizing them, while large enterprises should raise their awareness through case studies: "Everyone has the chance to become a victim.

Mr. Yau said that at present, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data does not regulate the problem of data leakage caused by hackers. He opined that the Government can enact legislation, such as the Network Security Law and the Data Security Law already existing in the Mainland, to require enterprises to carry out specified network security work, such as encryption, deletion of data after a specified period of time, and testing, etc. Otherwise, it will be an offence. In addition, he pointed out that it was equally important to step up public education, and the public should be informed of any new tactics as soon as possible.

Mr. Fong Po Kiu, Honorary President of Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF), pointed out that the network security system of public organizations is not bad, and described the hacking as a "war of attack and defense", "you know that without upgrading, the hackers will continue to find different loopholes". He emphasized that staff awareness of network security needs to be raised continuously, otherwise, if they accidentally open the wrong accessory, they will lose their jobs: "It's like when you open the door of your house, there are two locks, three locks, five locks, so it's a good deal of cleanliness. How many locks do you need to open the door? How many locks are needed to open the door? It's easy to open the door from ......."

"No company will tell you that my network is watertight, not even Google or Microsoft will dare to tell you that." Mr. Fong said that after the Cyberport incident, all government departments should frequently verify the security of their data and upgrade their network security systems.

He also said that he did not agree that the affected organizations should compromise with the hackers, and that public organizations would definitely report to the police if they were blackmailed, and that it was their responsibility to notify the victims if they were eventually "ripped off". In his view, the most important thing now is to find out the scope of the victims as soon as possible and notify them so that they can be more vigilant, because once personal data is leaked, it will be difficult to remedy the situation.

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