Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Admits Hackers May Have Snatched Secrets

Via Computerworld (Oct 25, 2011) -

Japan's largest defense contractor backpedaled yesterday, saying it's possible some secrets had been stolen by hackers who broke into the company's network and planted malware in August. The acknowledgement came several weeks after Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, confirming that scores of its servers and PCs had been infected, denied any information had been pilfered.

Previously, a U.S.-based Mitsubishi Heavy spokesman had said that although attackers had uncovered company IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, the attack "was caught at an early stage." But yesterday the company changed its tune, saying that more investigation had revealed a possible loss of information.

"The company recently confirmed unintended transferring of some information on the company's products and technologies between servers within the company," said Mitsubishi Heavy in a statement. "Based on the finding, the company investigated the incident further and recognized the possibility of some data leakage from the server in question."

The company declined to confirm that any diversion of data related to defense or nuclear technologies took place. Mitsubishi Heavy's admission came on the same day that the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun cited unnamed sources who said data on company-built fighter jets, helicopters and nuclear power plants had apparently been stolen during the attack.

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