Cyber attacks hit Japan diplomatic missions

October 26, 2011
Computers at several of Japan's overseas diplomatic missions have been hit by cyber attacks, a report said Wednesday, just a day after it was revealed the country's parliament had been targeted.

Computers at several of Japan's overseas diplomatic missions have been hit by cyber attacks, a report said Wednesday, just a day after it was revealed the country's parliament had been targeted.

Computers at embassies and consulates in nine countries were infected with viruses in the summer, the Yomiuri Shimbun said, citing unnamed sources.

An official for the said no had been stolen and there appeared to be nothing out of the ordinary about the viruses.

" are not a recent phenomenon, but have been experienced for a long time," he said.

"We have got rid of the viruses every time and no problem has occurred," he told AFP by phone.

He said the infections had been found in the ministry's Internet-capable open systems, while diplomatic secrets are handled in a closed system.

The Yomiuri said the countries where infection was found included France, the Netherlands, Myanmar, the United States, Canada, China and South Korea.

The paper said the infection included a "backdoor" virus, which opens a route into a computer's system to allow access by a remote hacker, who could use it to steal data.

On Tuesday the Asahi Shimbun reported that computers in the lower were hit by cyber attacks from a server based in China that left information exposed for at least a month.

That revelation came after a probe began into attacks on defence contractor Mitsubishi Heavy, which the Asahi on Monday said could have resulted in the theft of information on military aircraft and .

China has been accused of spearheading online attacks on government agencies and companies, allegations Beijing has always denied.

Explore further: China hit by 500,000 cyberattacks in 2010

Related Stories

China hit by 500,000 cyberattacks in 2010

August 9, 2011

China said Tuesday it was hit by nearly 500,000 cyberattacks last year, about half of which originated from foreign countries including the United States and India.

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy hit by cyberattacks

September 19, 2011

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been hit by cyberattacks with fears that its data on nuclear power plants or military-related products has been leaked, a newspaper reported on Monday.

'No leak of key info' in Mitsubishi cyber attack

September 20, 2011

Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said cyber attackers who breached security at defence contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries had not got their hands on any sensitive data.

Japan parliament hit by China-based cyberattack

October 25, 2011

Computers in Japan's lower house of parliament were hit by cyberattacks from a server based in China that left information exposed for at least a month, a report said Tuesday.

Recommended for you

Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots' (Update)

July 28, 2015

A group of top tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on Tuesday issued a stern warning against the development of so-called killer robots.

Where is solar power headed?

July 22, 2015

Most experts agree that to have a shot at curbing the worst impacts of climate change, we need to extricate our society from fossil fuels and ramp up our use of renewable energy.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.