Server Breach Hits Japanese Military Contractor

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Japan’s top military contractor faced a breach of its servers in August, the company recently admitted.

According to the Nikkei (a Japanese news source), the attack affected eleven facilities, where hackers breached over eighty servers.

In a statement provided by the Associated Press, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry stated, “We discovered that there had been a possible leak of system information such as network addresses from some of the computers at the company.”

Despite the attack, the country downplayed its effect with Japanese Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa stating, “We are not aware of any important data having leaked to the outside,” according to the AP. Meanwhile, an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

China has been accused for being the source of various cyber-attacks, including one on Google’s Gmail services. In fact, another news source, Yomiuri reported that the latest attack apparently contained Chinese characters. However, the country has denied involvement in this attack and previous breaches.

The Japanese arms supplier isn’t the only military contractor to face a breach lately. In July, hacking group Anonymous breached U.S. military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, exposing user information that included e-mail addresses, passwords, and more.

2011 has been a busy year for hackers. Headlines have involved hacking groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec and global cyber attacks from unknown sources. For more information on the breach, view the AP report at ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/japan-loss-key-data-cyberattack-14564352

 

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