Japan’s defense industry hit by its first cyber attack

Reuters, September 19, 2011

TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Japan’s biggest defense contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd , said on Monday hackers had gained access to its computers, with one newspaper saying its submarine, missile and nuclear power plant component factories had been the target. The company said in a statement that some information could have been stolen in the first known cyber attack on Japan’s defense industry.  “We’ve found out that some system information such as IP addresses have been leaked and that’s creepy enough,” said a Mitsubishi Heavy spokesman.  “We can’t rule out small possibilities of further information leakage but so far crucial data about our products or technologies have been kept safe,” he said, adding the company first noticed the cyberattack on August 11.  A Japanese defense white paper released last month urged vigilance against cyber attacks after a spate of high-profile online assaults this year that included Lockheed Martin and other U.S. defense contractors.  There were suggestions at the time that those attacks had originated in China.  The Yomiuri newspaper said about 80 virus-infected computers were found at the company’s Tokyo headquarters as well as manufacturing and research and development sites, including Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Nagoya Guidance & Propulsion System Works.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/19/mitsubishiheavy-computer-idUSL3E7KJ0BD20110919

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