Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-10-26 02:50 PM
The same base also houses the P-3C long-rang anti-submarine aircraft whose delivery from the United States only began recently.
The American Institute in Taiwan, which serves as the US representative office in Taipei in the absence of formal diplomatic relations, expressed its concern to the Air Force about the issue and collected information about the case, according to a report in the Chinese-language United Daily News Saturday morning.
The military questioned the major, surnamed Hau, to see how much sensitive information he had obtained and how much he had passed on to Chinese spies, the paper wrote.
Major Hau gave the data to civilians who transferred it to China. He was arrested by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office’s Kaohsiung department on September 25 and his detention was immediately approved by a court. The MND said that up to 10 or 20 other people might also be involved, but none of them belonged to the military.
Hau sold the data purely for financial gain, the military said. Investigators first began to suspect him last June and immediately started to check his statements. Investigators discovered unexplainable amounts of funds in his bank accounts and went on to check his computers at his office and home, reports said.
Since civilians were involved, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau also joined in to work on the case.
The military refused to divulge more information about the suspects because the case had entered the judiciary process. It said that in the wake of the incident, it had strengthened measures to prevent sensitive information from being passed on to China.
The E-2K early-warning plane, also known as the Hawkeye, uses its own radar to collect data and to pass them on to the radar system on a C130 transport plane, which can share its information with command centers on land or at sea, allowing for quick analysis and rapid redeployment of forces, reports said.
Taiwan commissioned two new E-2K planes in 2006, while four E-2T aircraft were upgraded to E-2K standard, with the most recent batch of the adapted planes returning to the country last March, reports said.
In a separate development, the Legislative Yuan’s budget center called on the National Security Bureau, the country’s top intelligence body, Saturday to strengthen measures to prevent hacking from foreign sources. The recommendation came in a report about the NSB budget for 2014.
The number of outside hacking attacks on the NSB web system increased over the past couple of years, requiring stronger preventive measures, the legislative report said. The budget unit also reproached the NSB for spending NT$620,000 (US$21,000) a year on renting an office at the Taipei airport to use for the protection of dignitaries traveling through the airport and called on savings in its spending on vehicles.