Japan defence firm Mitsubishi Heavy in cyber attack

Posted in: Legal & Security at 20/09/2011 22:06

Japan's top weapons maker has confirmed it was the victim of a cyber attack reportedly targeting data on missiles, submarines and nuclear power plants.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said viruses were found on more than 80 of its servers and computers last month.

The government said it was not aware of any leak of sensitive information.

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U.S. Expresses Concern Over Cyberattacks in Japan
The United States gave a stern warning on Wednesday over recent cyberattacks on Japan's top defense contractors, the latest in a series of security breaches that have fueled worries over Tokyo's ability to handle delicate information.

An online assault on defense contractors including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which builds F-15 fighter jets and other American-designed weapons for Japan's Self-Defense Forces, was launched in August but came to light only earlier this week, prompting rebukes from Japanese officials over the timing of the disclosure. IHI Corp, another military contractor that supplies engine parts for fighter jets, may have also been targeted, the Nikkei business daily reported.

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