The Ministry of Education yesterday drew sharp criticism from local media after hundreds of nude and pornographic pictures were found posted on one of the ministry's Web pages.
Local Chinese-language newspaper United Daily News yesterday reported that a Web page on the Department of Physical Education under the ministry was found to be hacked by foreign computer users and that hundreds of pornographic pictures, video clips and free erotic advertisements were found posted on the message board of the Web page.
The report said these pornographic images and messages were posted online for up to one month, and they were never deleted or removed until Sunday evening.
Based on the report, a large volume of pornographic messages, written in English, Spanish, and Russian, streamed onto the Web site about one month ago. What made matters worse is that people could randomly post their pictures or video clips on the message board, thus resulting in hundreds of nude and indecent images and video clips to be found on the Web page.
According to the report, an elementary school teacher blamed the MOE for making such a mistake, saying the MOE should be the most reliable Web site for teachers and young school children.
"Even our elementary school Web pages delete inappropriate messages on a daily basis. How can the MOE be so irresponsible?" the teacher surnamed Liu asked.
The MOE, in response, said it has shut down the Web page link and will in the future pay tighter supervision to the information posted online.
The ministry said the Web page was not designed or managed by the ministry, but that Taipei Physical Education College is responsible for it. The ministry added that the corporate contract with the school had been terminated.
Taipei Physical Education College later offered an apology to the mismanagement of the Web site, saying the school will reflect on itself on the matter and that it has asked Internet police to help investigate the hacker case.
Wang Ping-tai, an official from the school, explained that the Web page was managed by school staff regularly over the past few years, however, the resignation of an assistant last month has contributed to the Web page's lack of management.
He said the Web page is a popular page for elementary and high school teachers as a teaching reference, adding that it will be more cautious and responsible in the future.