Taiwan Cyber-Attack Mystery Makes Legal Punishment Unlikely

May 19, 2020, 6:09 PM

A cyberattack against a state-owned energy company in Taiwan is unlikely to spur legal punishment because of difficulties identifying the culprit.

Hackers targeted the CPC Corporation with malware May 4, disrupting payment systems and causing confusion for gas station customers, according to a statement on the company’s website. The company restored order a day later, the statement said.

The attack follows similar incidents this month, including one against another energy company, Formosa Oil, said Hsini Huang, an assistant professor at National Taiwan University, who has researched cybersecurity policy. The timing “is quite sensitive,” Huang said, as Tsai Ing-wen, a critic ...

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