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Transcript of remarks by Acting S for S

     Following is the transcript of remarks by the Acting Secretary for Security, Mr John Lee, at a media session after attending the Legislative Council meeting today (June 18):

Reporter: Mr Lee, what do you think of the cyber attack on the Next Media and HKU POP websites?

Acting Secretary for Security: I think they must make a report to the Police, in order that the Police can investigate into the matter. The key thing is that only upon a report was made to the Police, the Police can then examine the system to see whether there has been any attack and evidence that can be gathered in the investigation.

     It is hard to prevent the attack and gather evidence to prosecute those involved without the consent of persons responsible. Police cannot take action because access to their system requires their consent. So, I appeal once again to these bodies or organisations that if they really consider or discover that their system is being attacked, then the obvious course of action is to make a report to the Police. In fact, the organisation which has been involved in collecting opinion matters, such as what they did in a previous Internet poll in regard to the election of the Chief Executive, they made a report of a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack and the Police investigated and arrested two people. One of them was successfully convicted in court. So, the person who owns the system must make a report to the Police in order that the Police can take legal action against those responsible.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:26


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