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Hackers target Geospatial Information Authority Japan

Japan: Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Takeshi Maeda told to media that hackers attacked Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI). Maeda said, “I have been notified that a server of the GSI has been and computer IDs and passwords were analysed, enabling a party to gain access to the server.”

GSI officials said the server that was illegally accessed was one used for very long baseline interferometry, in which radio waves from stars are picked up through several antennas, and the difference in arrival time is used to measure distances. “The server that was illicitly accessed did not contain personal or confidential information, and so far there have been no leaks,” a GSI representative said.

Recent cyber attacks in Japan have targeted defence-related companies, the Foreign Ministry, and diplomatic establishments abroad. Hackers attempted to steal information by sending virus-laden emails. Viruses have been detected on the work computers of House of Representatives members and a lower house server.

Maeda said measures were being taken to address the problem, stating: “We have to secure the safety of computer systems. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in particular has a wide jurisdiction, with information falling under the category of important state secrets.”

Source: mdn.mainichi.jp