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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

Jobless scheme disbursment set

The Government today announced that the first batch of subsidies under the Temporary Unemployment Relief Scheme is expected to be disbursed to about 60,000 successful applicants within one week from April 12.   Such applicants may check their bank accounts after receiving notifications via SMS or email, it added.   For those who have not yet received any notification, their applications are still being processed. They may log in to the scheme’s website to check their application status.   As at noon today, more than 380,000 applications have been received since the scheme’s launch on March 23.   The Government reminded eligible people who intend to apply for the subsidies to submit their applications online by April 12.   Call 183 6128 for enquiries.

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