Party aides receive emails offering to buy intelligence

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Many aides working for the Kuomintang and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have received emails from dubious sources offering to buy intelligence concerning their parties and the government. The emails carry a similar message offering the aides “fat rewards” if they can provide “internal information” of the parties and government, said Lin Ke-yung, who formerly headed the DPP’s Internet information department. Lin, who now works with a foundation set up by former DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, said he has been unable to verify the sources or authenticity of the emails. “I take it as a joke,” Lin said, expressing disbelief that intelligence work could be done in the form of “online purchasing.”

No malware has been found to be implanted in the emails, he added. Lin said he originally intended to have a friend locate the IP address of the email sender, but accidentally deleted the email from his mobile phone.