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Some online services suspended

For the sake of prudence, the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department announced that it suspended several online services after it suspected that part of its network system had been hacked.   Apart from explaining that the initial decision to temporarily suspend some online services was due to an abnormality found in the network system today, the department expressed that it is very concerned about the incident.   An initial investigation revealed that no leakage of personal data has been found.    Online services including Registration & Permit Office Appointment Booking, the Online Continuous Professional Development Training Platform for Registered Electrical Workers and the electronic platform for the lift and escalator trade have been suspended.   For prudence's sake, the department made it clear that it will notify people concerned and added that if anyone encounters any suspicious circumstances, they should report it to Police promptly.   It apologised

Alfred Sit holds I&T briefings

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit held engagement sessions with Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Hong Kong members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on February 22 and 23.   The sessions were conducted in a virtual format to brief them on Hong Kong's latest innovation and technology developments before they attend the NPC and CPPCC meetings in Beijing next month.   Mr Sit expressed gratitude to the Hong Kong NPC deputies and the Hong Kong CPPCC members for their attention to the city's innovation and technology development and he hoped they can render support for the Government's work in this aspect.   Hong Kong will continue to leverage its strengths to serve the country's needs and actively participate in the nation's development, particularly in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, he said.   "With the plentiful development potential in the Greater Bay Area, grasping the development opportunities in the Area is the top priority of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.”   The Government has been heavily investing and driving innovation and technology development along eight major areas with the staunch support of the country since the establishment of the Innovation & Technology Bureau.   The efforts are gradually delivering results and the overall innovation and technology ecosystem in Hong Kong has been significantly improved, with the number of local startups increasing from around 1,100 in 2014 to over 3,300 in 2020.
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