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CIB investigating alleged cyberattack on Presidential Office

ROC Central News Agency

05/16/2020 02:12 PM

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) is investigating an alleged cyberattack on the Presidential Office, after some members of the country's media on Friday received what the Office said were altered documents pertaining to two April meetings between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).

On Friday night, a Presidential Office email address sent journalists two emails containing several PDF files which purported to be documents prepared by aides for two April meetings between Tsai and Su.

Several media sources reported that the files' content included personnel considerations for the selection of members of Tsai's new second-term Cabinet.

The new Cabinet is being reshuffled ahead of Tsai's May 20 inauguration. It has been partially announced, with most, but not all, members being kept in their current positions.

The spokespersons' office of the Presidential Office said Friday night that the documents, which claimed to reveal a "Tsai Ing-wen plot," had been forged and altered, and asked the media not to publish quotes from them.

On Saturday, the CIB confirmed the Presidential Office reported the incident and said it had begun an investigation into the alleged hacking.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Matthew Mazzetta)

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