http://www.nst.com.my/z//Current_News/NST/Friday/National/20010810092536 10 August 2001 A TOTAL of 2,503 computer hacking cases were detected between 1997 and June this year. Energy, Communications and Multimedia Ministry's parliamentary secretary Chia Kwang Chye, quoted the figures yesterday. Chia said the hacking included "mail bomb" and other computer virus. However, he said, the cases of hacking did not involve the red worm code alert. "The national Information, Communication Technology and security response centre monitoring the computer system from 8am between Aug 1 and Aug 5 found that a total of about 1,930 computer systems were raided with the virus." Chia said this when winding up to points raised by several Senators debating the Digital Signature (Amendment) 2001 Bill. Commenting on the act, Chia said the amendment made to the Bill would provide security and protection to individuals to ensure that their personal data would not be abused. "Those who want to use others' personal data through the computer must get written approval from them," he clarified. "The Act will also provide any individual the right to obtain a copy of the data before it can be used by other parties." He said the IT security department under Mampu was set up in Jan 1, this year in order to monitor and ensure the security aspect of computer usage and multimedia in the public sector. "Officials at the department are in the midst of preparing the government's security policy guidelines," he added. Among others, he said, the monitoring activities would include security domain data or information, computer peripherals, communication and database. Chia also added that a circular on the guidelines for the policy would be circulated to all government departments soon. On the Multimedia Super Corridor, he said that as at Aug 3 this year, a total of 541 companies had obtained MSC status. "This number far exceeds our target to appoint some 500 companies with the MSC status. "We are hopeful of receiving some RM6.6 billion from the investment made by the companies." - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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