Defense Ministry investigating case of missing laptop
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, June 11 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense said Monday that it has formed a task force to investigate a recent case in which a laptop went missing from a missile boat, but gave an assurance that it contained no confidential information.
The ministry has also brought in military prosecutors, ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said at a news conference, adding that anyone found responsible for the incident will be punished for negligence.
The laptop has not been recovered, the ministry confirmed.
The news briefing came after the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported that day that the laptop -- used to test warfare tactics on the Taiwan-developed Kuang Hua VI (KH-6) fast-attack boat -- was discovered in late May to be missing.
Military sources expressed concern that the missing laptop could contain confidential files about the fast-attack craft and the Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles with which it is equipped, the report said.
But Col. Lin Gau-joe, acting general director of the information and communication research division under the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, downplayed the possibility of the device containing confidential information of that nature.
The laptop was only used to test a communication system for the Navy and no classified information was involved, Lin said, adding that the case poses no threat to Taiwan's national security.
The institute -- the defense ministry's main research and development unit -- is tasked with testing the communication systems on the Kuang Hua missile boats.
The ministry, however, admitted an oversight in its handling of the case, as those who initially saw that the laptop was missing had assumed it had been sent back to the institute for system testing and thus did not investigate further.
(By Elaine Hou and Emmanuelle Tzeng)
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