Monday, September 19, 2011

Missile and submarine secrets 'may have been stolen' in cyber attack on Japanese defence firm - 19th Sept 2011

Some of Japan’s most sensitive defence secrets have been targeted by hackers, who have gained access to up to 80 computers of its biggest defence contractor - in what appeared to be a coordinated attack.

Contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd said today its submarine, missile and nuclear plant component factories had been targeted, according to a report.

Some information could have been stolen in the first known cyber attack on Japan’s defence industry, the company confessed today.

‘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. Read More