Cyber attacks hit Fujitsu local government system

Nov 10, 2011
File photo of CPU chips from Japan computer giant Fujitsu. A Fujitsu computer system run by about 200 Japanese local governments has been hit by a series of cyber attacks and is in a vulnerable condition, the company said Thursday.

A Fujitsu computer system run by about 200 Japanese local governments has been hit by a series of cyber attacks and is in a vulnerable condition, the company said Thursday.

The online system, developed to enable local residents to request official certificates and documents on the Internet, was paralysed twice on Wednesday afternoon, a Fujitsu spokesman said.

The company, which investigated the cause of the defect, found the system had been overwhelmed by a massive flow of accesses released from abused IP addresses, Fujitsu spokesman Takashi Koto said.

After resuming the system early Thursday, however, the system froze again twice due to attacks from different foul addresses, Koto said.

"They were DoS () attacks," Koto said. "We shut down accesses from the identified IP addresses, but more cyberattacks are possible from other addresses."

The system is used by 10 prefectures, including southwestern Fukuoka, the spokesman said.

About 200 of prefectures, cities, towns and villages are linked to the system to provide public online services.

Explore further: Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Sony to restore Qriocity Thursday, except in Japan

Jun 09, 2011

Sony said it would restore all Qriocity online music and video distribution services Thursday everywhere except Japan, after shutting it and its PlayStation Network down in April due to hacker attacks.

Fujitsu, Boeing to develop aircraft tag system

Dec 17, 2010

Computer giant Fujitsu Ltd. on Friday announced an accord with Boeing Co. to jointly create a smart-tag-based aircraft parts management system designed to help airlines reduce maintenance costs.

China hit by 500,000 cyberattacks in 2010

Aug 09, 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.

Recommended for you

Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz

2 hours ago

Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon V ...

Twitter chief vows to help Indonesia fight disasters

21 hours ago

Twitter chief Dick Costolo said Thursday the microblogging site planned to work with Indonesian authorities to warn people about natural disasters that regularly hit the archipelago, from earthquakes to volcanic ...

EU unveils ambitious overhaul of digital economy

Mar 25, 2015

The EU unveiled an ambitious plan to overhaul Europe's fragmented digital landscape on Wednesday that would allow Europeans traveling in other bloc countries to get their Netflix film fix or watch BBC iPlayer ...

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.