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Hackers May Have Stolen Sensitive Defense Info from Japan's Largest Weapons Supplier

 Christo [PCD]    27 Oct : 11:07
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The situation is currently under investigation to see if the information lost was sensitive

The situation is currently under investigation to see if the information lost was sensitive

Japan's largest weapons supplier, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, was the target of a cyber attack that was reported in August 2011. Now, the Asahi newspaper reports that sensitive defense information may have leaked due to the hacks.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, which is a partner of Boeing and creates military weapons for Japan, was the target of a hack that may have leaked important defense information such as warplane, helicopter, and nuclear power plant data. Viruses infected eighty computers/servers, while "dozens" of other servers in Japan showed signs of leaks of sensitive information.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd was late in reporting the hack, which became publicly known in August. According to Asahi, it is "highly likely" that someone breached the system to steal sensitive data.

The question at hand right now is whether the information taken from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd's systems was, in fact, sensitive defense information.

According to the Japanese defense ministry, it is unaware of any leaks of sensitive information, but the situation is currently under investigation.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd said that information such as IP addresses may have leaked last month, but it is unaware of any leaks in regards to its products.

"The issue is currently under investigation and I cannot comment on it," said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd spokesman Hideo Ikuno.

Earlier this year, the U.S. experienced a cyber attack against its own defense technology company Lockheed Martin.

Source: MSNBC

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