Japan cyberattackers may have military info: report

Oct 24, 2011
A technician works on a computer on an assembly line at a Misubishi Heavy Indutries Aerospace Vietnam Ltd. factory. Information on military aircraft and nuclear power plants may have been stolen in a series of cyberattacks on Japanese defence contractor Mitsubishi Heavy, a report has said.

Information on military aircraft and nuclear power plants may have been stolen in a series of cyberattacks on Japanese defence contractor Mitsubishi Heavy, a report said Monday.

Mitsubishi Heavy said late last month that 83 computers at 11 of its facilities had been hit by cyberattacks but no leakage of information on products and technologies had been confirmed.

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported that additional checks on other computers at Mitsubish Heavy facilities had shown traces of transmissions of information through some of the computers.

The daily, quoting unidentified officials, said part of the information concerned fighters and that the company is contracted to manufacture for the .

"It is not known if these are classified as defence secrets," Asahi said.

Other pieces of information taken are likely to include the design, equipment and earthquake-resistant nature of in which Mitsubishi Heavy was involved, the daily said.

Mitsubishi Heavy's public relations office said it could not confirm or deny the report.

Defence minister Yasuo Ichikawa said in September there was no indication that sensitive information had been stolen as a result of the attacks on the firm's computers, which came to light in August.

Explore further: Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy hit by cyberattacks

Sep 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.

Japan backs firms' green city projects abroad

Jan 06, 2011

Japan is financially backing its companies that are seeking to build "green cities" -- communities with low pollution and renewable energies -- in India and elsewhere, a report said Thursday.

Recommended for you

Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked

2 minutes ago

Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet.

China's online population nears 650 million

3 hours ago

The number of Internet users in China has risen to nearly 650 million, authorities said over the weekend, as the world's largest online population continues to rise.

China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship

Jan 23, 2015

China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday.

YouTube stars quiz Obama

Jan 23, 2015

A bubbly shopping guide, a charitable "internetainerpreneur" and a comedian who wears green lipstick and eats ladles of cinnamon quizzed US President Barack Obama Thursday in a series of unorthodox YouTube ...

User comments : 0

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.