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April 27, 2017

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Man arrested over NTU Hospital computer hack

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Police authorities in Taipei arrested a suspect on May 28 on charges of allegedly hacking into the National Taiwan University (NTU) Hospital's computer system, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said.

In a statement, the CIB said it received reports from NTU Hospital that the activation code for its computer system had recently been altered, leading to a malfunction in its operating system and disrupting the hospital's functions.

Authorities later arrested a chief suspect, surnamed Chen (陳), on charges related to Offenses Impairing the Use of Computers (妨害電腦使用罪).

The case is now being referred to the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office for further investigation.

According to local media reports, Chen, a former engineer responsible for the maintenance of NTU Hospital's computer system, claimed that he did not commit the crime as reported by the hospital.

Prosecutors reportedly said they believe Chen did not hack into the hospital's system, but he did alter the activation code. He was later released on NT$50,000 bail.

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